Friday, December 16, 2016

~ A Spurgeon Gem ~

"There is the finite and the Infinite, there is the mortal and the Immortal, corruption and Incorruption, the manhood and the Godhead, time married to eternity! There is God linked with a creature, the Infinity of the august Maker come to tabernacle on this speck of earth—the vast unbounded One whom earth could not hold and the heavens cannot contain—lying in His mother’s arms! He who fastened the pillars of the universe and riveted the nails of creation, hanging on a mortal breast, depending on a creature for nourishment! Oh, marvelous birth! Oh, miraculous conception! We stand and gaze and admire. Verily, angels may wish to look into a subject too dark for us to speak of! There we leave it, a virgin has conceived and borne a Son." 

~Charles Spurgeon The Birth of Christ

Although I don't *do* Christmas and don't celebrate that Christ was born on December 25th (and find no scriptural reference to celebrate it as such since it is a man-made tradition)....I still marvel and worship at the thought that Christ was born of a virgin. He humbled Himself to take on the flesh of man and live a life of perfect obedience (Philippians 2:8) in our place. He gave Himself for us...as it is written:

...the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. 
(Romans 3:22b-25)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christby grace you have been saved— 
(Ephesians 2:4-5)

He suffered, gave Himself over to death and rose again three days later. What a God we serve! I recommend this article by John Piper....it is beautiful, beautiful truth friends: He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me.

 I encourage you to remember the miracle and beauty of His birth all year round....as well as the perfect life He lived and His death in *our* place. These are beautiful truths that we should meditate upon every.single.day. As spectacular as His birth was, without the perfect life of obedience, death in our place, and resurrection...it wouldn't do anything to secure our salvation. 

So enjoy celebrating Christ every day....for ALL that He is and has done for us! 

Warmly,
Katy

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2 comments:

  1. Katy, I loved the quote and hope to go back and read the Piper reference. There is so much to learn on this journey! At our new church there are a couple families who do celebrate Christmas as we know it. My husband has researched it and we do know Christ's birth was in the spring of the year and that putting Christ in this holiday was an attempt to Christianize it. However, my struggle is do you just forego the celebration of the Christ part and just do the secular traditions, try to mix them both, or not celebrate? I have found that it's really hard for Christ to compete with Santa and presents and we don't even "do" Santa. It's almost like throwing in Christ to smooth things out and to try to eliminate guilt and greediness. 😩 I have really struggled with it all but I do wonder how you handle it with your children and does your family respect your decisions? As far out as my family is on some issues (even things they make biblical that aren't) I'm afraid we would be viewed as flipped out. Also is this something you and your husband came to an agreement with pretty easily? I would love to hear more or if you have a post on it, could you point me to it? I would like to know how much you do like do you do Christmas baking, carols, etc? Thanks in advance! Monica PS. simplefarmmama@gmail.com if you'd rather email. 😄

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