Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tis The Season, For What???

We have reached Advent the 24 days leading up to December 25th and what are we discussing and thinking most about. Is it the new President who in a little over a month will take office? Is it the economy and the news of recession? Is it recent terror attacks in India and reports of future ones possibly hitting American soil?

Maybe it is about what gifts we want? Or what gifts we are going to buy for loved ones? What about where you are going to spend Christmas day? Maybe you work at a church and all the talk is about upcoming ministry events and Christmas Eve services.?

What is the topic that predominates our discussion today? Let George Whitefield give us some much needed advice:

“What can we do to employ our time to a more noble purpose than reading of what our dear Redeemer has done and suffered; to read that the King of kings and the Lord of lords came from his throne and took upon him the form of the meanest of his servants; and what great things he underwent. This, this is a history worth reading, this is worthy employing our time about: surely, when we read of the suffering of our Savior, it should excite us to prayer, that we might have an interest in the Lord Jesus Christ; that the blood which he spilt upon Mount Calvary, and his death and crucifixion, might make an atonement for our sins, that we might be made holy; that we might be enabled to put off the old man with his deeds, and put on the new man, even the Lord Jesus Christ; that we may throw away the heavy yoke of sin, and put on the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ…Did Jesus come into the world to save us from death, and shall we spend no part of our time in conversing about our dear Jesus; shall we pay no regard to the birth of him who came to redeem us from the worst of slavery, from that of sin, and the devil; and shall this Jesus not only be born on our account, but likewise die in our stead, and yet we shall be unmindful of him? Shall we spend our time in those things which are offensive to him? Shall we not rather do all we can to promote his glory and act according to his command?” (Excerpt from “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” Advent Readings, pg 12,14)

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