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Grace Stoops Down (2 of 3)
Series: The Day Grace Put on a Face
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1. The First Communication of God!
A) His Eternal Existence
B) His Supernal Dominance
2. The Full Manifestation of God!
A) He Came to be Like Us
B) He Came to be With Us
3. The Final Revelation of God!
A) Grace is Showered Upon Us
B) Glory is Shown to Us
With all the hustle and bustle associated with Christmas, I'm sure that many can relate to Edna Bowman's parody of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 dogs a leaping,
11 cats a creeping,
10 fingers gripping,
9 toes a tripping,
8 drinks a spilling,
7 glasses filling,
6 friends and things
5 telephone rings,
4 crayoned walls,
3 loud calls,
2 kisses free; and,
ONE MOTHER UP A PEAR TREE!
Christmas has become so commercialized, like many of the holidays, that the meaning has often easily been forgotten. Sadly enough, there are Christians who would be guilty of treason for abandoning the reason for the season.
I think of the old poem:
No beautiful chamber, no soft bed,
No place but a manger, nowhere for His head;
No praises of gladness, no thought of their sin,
No glory but sadness, no room in the inn.
No one to receive Him, no welcome while here,
No balm to relieve Him, no staff but a spear;
No seeking His treasure, no weeping for sin,
No doing His pleasure, no room in the inn.
There was no room for Jesus at His birth, and in much the same way, there is no room for Jesus still today. There is no room for Jesus politically. There is no room for Jesus socially. There is no room for Jesus culturally. There is no room for Jesus economically. And the saddest tragedy is that there are many who have no room for Jesus personally.
Yet, Christmas is all about the day that grace put on a face. It's about the day that God was born as a man so that he could die for man. It's about the truth that God came down to be lik ...
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