Good Tidings Of Great Joy

A blessed Christmas to you. For what our God through an angel declared in  Luke 2:10 presents to us a most blessed truth. Through an angel our covenant God says to us, "Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great jay, which shall be to all people." And these good tidings are that unto us a Savior has been born, which is Christ the Lord.

It is true that His name "Jesus" means "Jehovah saves," for He is the Son of God, the First Person in the Holy Trinity, come into our flesh. But that He is Christ means that He is in our flesh the anointed one, anointed by God to represent and bless us. And that He is Lord means that He rules over us, but also over all creation with its creatures for our good.

What more precious gift could be given us on Christmas Day? What more powerful and sure Savior can there be than one Who is rightly by God called Christ and Lord? For He is God's anointed Head of His church. And as Lord He can and does bring to us the most precious gifts that there are and will be in the new creation.

He is not a lord, but The Lord Who has complete control over all creation. That He is Christ means that He is God's choice for the position of representing us on the cross in order to open the door for us to enter everlasting blessedness.

Take hold of that truth! His gift to us will never, no never, wear out. His gift is not something we outgrow, like toys given us at Christmas when we were little children. No, this day speaks to us of the good tidings of great joy that will never end, and that are so rich that we will never become weary of them. Our joy in them will everlastingly increase.

Rejoice then today, but also all the rest of the days of your life here below. Thank Him for this gift which is an everlasting blessedness wrought for us through Christ, the eternal Son of God.

Read:  Isaiah 40:1-11 .

Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Zechariah 8:1-23 
Revelation 16:1-21 
Psalm 144:1-15 
Proverbs 30:29-31 
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Quote for Reflection:

“The same Spirit, therefore, Who has spoken through the mouths of the prophets, must penetrate into our hearts to persuade us that they faithfully proclaim what has been divinely commanded… By this power we are drawn and inflamed, knowingly and willingly, to obey Him, yet also more vitally and more effectively than by mere human willing or knowing.”  -John Calvin

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