“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7: 14. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Lk. 2:11 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” II Cor. 9:15
We were thankful for the first Christmas, when the Lord Jesus was born, but we long for His coming again that Christmas still to come! Are we as eager for the second coming of Christ as we are for the coming of the Christmas season? When Christ came the first time, it was after heaven had been silent for 400 years – no prophet, no prophesies, and no writing of Scripture; but all of a sudden Christ was born in Bethlehem. No wonder the angels sang and the shepherds rejoiced, for a Savior had been born.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Christ had never come? We are now waiting for His return.
Though it will be very difficult to finish this year with all the expenses paid, but we have the joy of Christ which makes it worth it all. Just a few minutes ago, Joyce and I saw a lady return to Raleigh with freedom and with the joy of the Lord after two days. The Lord did it, that is what makes the joy; and if Christ had never come from heaven none of this would happen. It’s always amazing how far people drive looking for freedom. Praise the Lord for the love He shares and for the freedom He gives.
Christmas stands as a monument to a tremendous fact; God came to earth in human flesh, but the greatest Christmas is still in the future. Actually the first and second comings of Christ arc connected together in Scripture. There is a “Christmas Day” that is yet to come. ”The prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you. Searching what, or what manner or time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when he testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” I Peter 1: 10-11. The sufferings of Christ and the glories are the first and second comings.
When Christ came the first time, it was to settle one question – the question of sin. He did not come to solve the problems of government nor to set before the world a philosophy of living. He came the first time to settle the sin question – to die for the sins of the world. He came as Savior. He will come back as King in the future.
O gift so wonderful, so very wonderful, the gift of God’s beloved Son;
Born in deep poverty, dying upon the tree,
That He might ransom me, 0 gift divine!
Thank you for partnering with us in this ministry,
Paul & Joyce
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