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 turn 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).
Let us love one another - and may the love of Christ reach out to more and more people.
With Christ’s example, ‘the encouragement of …
Good News of great joy for all nations and all generations 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 2:11). 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 1:30-33). 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...’. Let us join with the angels
in saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest...’ (Luke 2:10; 1:46-50; 2:14).
We live by the grace of God. We look forward to the glory of God. We read, i…