Today's Christian thought: Monday December 15th, 2003
As we approach the time of the year in which we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus, let us look at who He is: And what better to way to do that than to look at some of the questions God has asked us concerning Himself:
But first I want you to look at this verse from Isaiah 40: ¶ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3) God said that through His servant, the Prophet Isaiah between 740 and 720 BC. Between 720 and 740 years before the birth of the Lord Jesus, between 750 and 770 years before this prophecy was fulfilled by John the Baptist: ¶ In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. (Matthew 3:1-3)
What you just read above, would be as if you found a paper published in jolly ole London in the year 1250 AD and the headline read, "Lo, in 750 years, there will be a country called the United States and another called Iraq and the leader of the United States, one George Bush, will attack the country of Iraq and within the first 8 months, defeat their army and capture their president. President is a word used for absolute monarch and king in those days." The article would then go on to describe in detail the war, what lead up to it, the treasonous behavior of the previous administration, the number of men involved and the weapons used. It would of course also report the traitorous behavior of the French, telling how just sixty years earlier the USA had lost tens of thousands of men freeing the French after they refused to fight for their own freedom. It would of course also describe in detail the re-emergence of Israel as a nation and ask the question, "How can any Jew in the US stand in opposition to President Bush." It would especially ask this of Joe Lieberman.
From just verse three of Isaiah forty we can start to see how amazing God is, for His prophecies are 100% true and accurate. But let us look a little more deeply at God, for to know Him is to love Him. To understand Him makes serving Him easier and more total.
In the next verses of Isaiah we will see God asking questions, questions designed to make you realize that there is none like God, that God has no peers, that God is the creator and everything else is but a creation. And in His creation, our Earth and we are but a drop in the bucket.
¶ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being His counselor hath taught Him?
With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment?
And taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity.
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto Him? The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; He that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth. (Isaiah 40:12-26)
And even now there are some who call Him "holiday" or refer to His birth as "season." There are some who think He is so insignificant that they refuse to even use His name, but call Him "X" instead. As a Christian, I would have to say of them: "Let them eat, drink and be merry in this life for the life to come is one of pain and torment for all those who are Unsaved, for those who deny Christ and call Him other than God."
He is the Christ and it is in celebration of the day He was born of a woman that we celebrate on December 25th. While the day may not be accurate, the thought and the celebration are. Happy birthday Lord, amen.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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