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The Nights Before Christmas Poem

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Here is a Christmas poem by Pastor Wayne: 

The Nights Before Christmas

The nights before Christmas when all through the land,

Every creature was stirring; completing God's plan.

Prophecies foretold in scripture with care

Were suddenly fulfilled, without much flare.

 

The Lord had promised Adam right after the fall

That from the womb of a woman He'd redeem all.

So a roadmap of scripture was recorded throughout;

From Seth to David, the Lord left no doubt.

 

Then Isaiah proclaimed in 700 B.C.

By a virgin His entrance to earth it would be;

Micah would add to the city of David

Just as it happened without variation.

 

Jeremiah foretold of weeping in the land

As King Herod did his best to trump God's hand.

Three hundred and fifty prophecies foretold

With a hundred percent accuracy as they'd unfold.

 

The Lord was sovereign over the rebellion of all men

From every tribe and nation; a host of pagan lands.

Alexander's Greek language will unify the call,

And the Roman roads will make easy travel for all.

 

With the prophecies, the language and the roads in place

In the fullness of time Christ would arrive by God's grace.

Caesar Augustus issued his authoritative decree

All should register according to their family tree.

 

Mary and Joseph left their home in Nazareth of Galilee

Traveled to Judah; being descendants of David's family.

Gabriel said "Mary, though a virgin you'll be,

The Holy Spirit will come and overshadow thee."

 

Just as the Lord promised, the incarnation occurred

The holy One of God arrived in the flesh undeterred. 

His redemption for those unworthy of His grace

Brings eternal thanksgiving from every tongue, tribe and race.

 

So as you now know in the fields nearby,

Angels came to shepherds who were terrified.

But they came with a message the Lord Himself had penned,

Peace on earth good will towards men.     

 

There is now only one thing left for man to say,

After the Lord Himself orchestrated the first Christmas day;

During this time as the church heralds His word

Let us all praise God for our Savior and Lord.          

 

L.W. Holcomb 12.14.14

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Family Christmas Sunday 2020

I hope this greeting finds all of you doing well. I know some of you are excited about the vaccine, hoping it will alleviate some of the concerns you have for those who are higher risk or who work in the medical field or who have elderly loved ones. And while some may differ on the effectiveness of vaccines verses the risk of taking them, the one thing I hope we can all agree on is that the Lord is sovereign over our lives; which never means we’re to act foolishly, but it does give us the ability to live confidently. 

As the apostle Paul said in Romans 14:8: If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord; so whether we live or die; we are the Lord’s.

Now why is that true? To be honest and to be accurate man has a rather hopeless existence; no matter how hard he tries, his sin has alienated him from the Lord Who being holy cannot be anything but just with him and His justice is for eternity so we’d all have a rather hopeless existence if it were not for the Lord’s mercies. 

However, there is a problem with the Lord’s mercies. How can a holy God be merciful with unholy men without compromising aspects of His holy character? He can’t, unless there is some way He can satisfy the justice His character demands. 

But how can He do that? Actually, there’s only one way. Someone, Who is eternal and divine will have to come and satisfy the wrath we deserve and He’ll have to be fully human to make atonement for us as humans. 

So Someone eternally divine will have to enter humanity and die to the just wrath of a holy God as our atonement. 

Actually, that’s what we will be celebrating this Sunday, the incarnation of Christ. The word incarnate comes from the Latin for “to make flesh”. It’s similar to the hypostatic union, the word for two natures, divine and human, being joined together, as we studied in John 1: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” 

And it’s important to understand, the entrance of Christ into humanity did not require Him to surrender any of His divinity, which is why He could accurately say, I and the Father are One. If He were not fully God He would not be able to satisfy the just wrath of God. Yet if He were not fully human He could not die as an atonement for us humans.

Gabriel said to Mary “Behold, you will bear a Son and you shall call His name Jesus” which means YHWH saves. 

Transliterated from Hebrew and Aramaic it is more accurately pronounced Yeshua; ‘Ya’ for YHWH ‘yasha' means delivers or saves. When you translate that to Greek it’s pronounced Yesus which in English is Jesus. So Jesus means YHWH saves.

But others could also give their children that name so to be clear about the Jesus Who saves, He was often identified as Jesus of Nazareth where His early days of humanity were spent but most often He is referred to as Jesus Christ. Christ means anointed one. 

In Hebrew Christ is Mashiach; in English it is Messiah. Jesus Christ means YHWH saves the Messiah, the anointed One, Whom the Lord promised to Adam and Eve in the Garden that He would come to crush sin, Satan and death.

As we learn from Galatians 4, Christ had to be born under the law to fulfill it on our behalf and He had to have a human body in order to die as our atonement so without the incarnation of Christ we’d be living in hopelessness and the cross would be meaningless. 

However, instead of living in hopelessness, beneath the holy judgment of our Creator, we celebrate His mercies in that YHWH saves, the Messiah Who comes incarnate to redeem us for His glory.

I hope you’ll join us for an hour of celebration this Sunday as we lift our voices and hearts in praise for the Lord’s marvelous gift of grace given to us through the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

This is one of my favorite services each year and I look forward to both the 9:00 and 10:30 celebration. I hope to see as many of you as possible and for others, while it is not quite the same, we will be live-streaming it for you.

I sincerely hope that each of you have a very Merry Christmas as you celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.

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