Saved by grace, we are led “in the way everlasting.”
Was this just another night (Genesis 28:11)?
No! This was a night to remember, a night Jacob would never forget. God
came to him with His wonderful promise of love: ‘I will not leave you
until I have done what I have promised you’ (Genesis 28:15).
Bethel (‘the house of God’), powerfully transformed by the presence of
God - ‘Surely the Lord is in this place’ (Genesis 28:16) - , Jacob
consecrated himself to the Lord. ‘If’ (Genesis 28:20) means ‘Since.’ See
Romans 8:31 - ‘If (Since) God is for us, who can be against us?’ Giving
the tenth (Genesis 28:22): this is not legalism, a kind of repayment
scheme. There can be no ‘salvation by works.’
We are saved by grace
(Ephesians 2:8-9). Our giving must always be a heartfelt expression of
thanksgiving to the God of grace: ‘Loving Him who first loved me’. We
are saved ‘to do good works’ (Ephesians 2:10) - not because we do good
works! God has given us eternal life. We pray, “Lead…
Christ calls all nations to come to Him.
The family tree of ‘Jesse, the father of King David’ has a very special
‘Branch’- Jesus Christ (Isaiah 11:1; Matthew 1:1, 6, 16).
Jesus Christ has raised ‘a banner for the nations’. He is ‘the Saviour
of the world’. He has died ‘for the sins of the whole world’. The ‘Good
News’ is to be preached to ‘all the world’.
Christ calls ‘all nations’ to ‘turn to Him’. He calls ‘all nations’ to
receive the ‘forgiveness of sins’. He calls ‘all nations’ to become His
‘disciples’ (Isaiah 11:12; John 4:42; 1 John 2:2; Mark 16:15; Luke
24:47; Matthew 28:19).
May our personal faith - ‘I will praise You, O Lord... God is my
Salvation... The Lord is my Strength and my Song...’- become our public
testimony - making Christ ‘known among the nations’, telling ‘all the
world’ what the Lord has done for us (Isaiah 12:1-2, 4-5). From all over the world Christ gathers His people.
Read the words - ‘His Name’ shall ‘endure for ever’ (Psalm 72:17) - an…
Season of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day) I – Isaiah
9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20) - The same
readings are suggested for Years B and C. Glory to God in the highest – our Saviour has come.
The prophecy has been spoken - ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is
given...’. The prophecy has been fulfilled - ‘Today in the town of David
a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’.
Jesus Christ is our great Saviour. He is our ‘Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6: Luke
Jesus Christ has brought to us a great salvation. Through faith in Him,
we enter God’s heavenly and eternal ‘Kingdom’ (Isaiah 9:7: Luke
This is ‘Good News of great joy’- for ‘all the people’, for ‘all generations’.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as Mary, the mother of Jesus, did - ‘My
soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour... for
the Mighty One has done great things for me..…