But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:4-6)
God didn’t send His Son into the world when He had time to work it into His schedule. He sent His Son at a precise, exact time that fulfilled a plan He had before there were stars or planets. God’s plan for everything operates according to precision timing. You were born at an exact time and place and the time of our departure will not catch God by surprise.
The movement of planets and electrons in their orbits all operate on precision schedules. Peter writes: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (1Peter 1:20) God’s revelation to John refers to: …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)
CHRISTMAS WAS ON ITS WAY from the time God foreordained the coming of Christ into the world as the perfect lamb to be slain for the sins of the world. We use “Christmas” as a figure of speech that designates Christ’s entrance into the world to redeem us from our sins.
“Christmas” is the combination of two words: Christ+Mass. “Mass” has many meanings, the most common being that it is big or of a large number. Today, it includes special music sung by a choir and/or performed by several instruments. For many years, nothing special was done to celebrate the birth of Christ. Along the way, the idea took hold and grew. Then music was written for its celebration and drama was added to it.
It was only natural that special food, special recipes, candy and all manner of goodies swelled the celebration. Sharing the celebration of extra food with the poor increased until we began to share gifts with family and friends. No one stood up and made a motion that everyone in the world celebrate “Christmas.”
GOD MADE US WITH A WILL which enabled us to obey Him or rebel against Him. That’s the kind of man/woman God wanted to live with Him in His eternal kingdom. He provided a means of redeeming His creation made with a will of its own. We recognize the fulfillment of that plan in our celebration of Christmas. The babe in the manger came into the world to die for our sins. Yes, He was born to die. The result of the baby dying for our sins will be Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
McGee comments: “What they actually said was, "peace to men of good will," or "peace among men with whom He is pleased." The angels did not make the asinine statement that many men make today which goes, "Let's have peace, peace, peace." My friend, "There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked" (Isaiah 48:22). We live in a day when we need to beat our plowshares into swords—not the other way around. We live in a wicked world. We live in a Satan-dominated world, and therefore there is no peace.
“There is, however, peace to men of good will. If you are one of those who has come to Christ and taken him as Savior, you can know this peace of God. Romans 5:1 states: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." When Christ came the first time, this is the kind of peace He brought. At His second coming He will come as the Prince of Peace; At that time, He will put down unrighteousness and rebellion in the world. He will establish peace on the earth. But until He comes again, there will be no peace on this earth.” (McGee
Moses said: “He’s coming!” The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (Deuteronomy 18:15)
Luke said of Moses: This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. (Acts 7:37)
Isaiah said: “He’s coming!” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
The Psalmist said: “He’s coming!” For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. (Psalm 22:16-18)
Micah said: “He’s coming!” But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)
Daniel said: “He’s coming!” Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (Daniel 9:25)
Many other prophets said: “He’s coming!”
Paul said: “He has come… according to the Old Testament prophets and the Scriptures they wrote.” For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1Corinthians 15:3-4)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
NOVEMBER 29, 2017 - WEDNESDAY
A.M Ezekiel 41-42 P.M 2 Peter 1
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A Good Verse to Memorize:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Song for Today:
Born to Die (2:54) (Calvary Tengah Bible Presbyterian Church)
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Please Note: I listened to about 20 different groups singing “Born to Die,” to find the clearest presentation of the words. None of them were completely clear. This group printed the words to go with their singing and I chose the song because of that. I have no idea where this church is. If someone knows, I would appreciate your letting me know. I would like to thank them for the use of their music. Thank you.