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You Will Find

December 12, 2014

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You Will Find

We all need signs.     There are all sorts  of road signs  showing us  where to go  —  signs identifying public buildings  and businesses  —  signs numbering our houses  —  signs marking bathrooms  in public places  —  thin ice areas  —  construction along roads,  etc.     We need  these signs  to keep us safe  and assure us  that we are headed  in the right direction.

The shepherds also  needed a sign.     They were  to go  into Bethlehem  during the night  and find the Christ Child.     Bethlehem  was crowded because  of the census  ordered by Caesar Augustus.     How can anyone find  a newborn babe  in a place like that?     A sign  was needed.     And so,  the angel told the shepherds  in Luke 2:12,

And this will be  a sign  for you:  you will find  a baby  wrapped in cloths,  and lying  in a manger.

That narrowed down  the possibilities.     The manger  was a feeding trough  for animals,  and the shepherds  were well aware  of all the stables  in Bethlehem.     They just needed  to check  the stables  and find the one  with a newborn child  in it.     It was an exciting venture,  so Luke 2:15-16 relates,

And it came about  when the angels  had gone away  from them  into heaven,  that the shepherds began saying  to one another,  “Let us go straight  to Bethlehem then  and see this thing  that has happened  which the Lord  has made known  to us.”

And they came  in haste  and found their way  to Mary  and Joseph,  and the baby  as He lay  in the manger.

They certainly didn’t want  to dawdle  or wait  for any reason.     Finding this child “which the Lord has made known  to us”  was a most exciting  and wondrous undertaking,  so they went  “straight to Bethlehem”.     God tells us  to open up  His word,  the Bible,  and find the signs  that He has given us.     We,  too,  can find the Savior.     We can see  all sorts  of signs  in the Old Testament  that give us clues  about this Savior  ( our Savior  —  not just someone else’s Savior )  and all the exciting things  He does  to give us  eternal life.

The signs given  in the Old Testament  are proof positive  as to what our Savior  would be like,  what would happen  in His life,  how He would die  and rise  to life again,  and His power  to forgive the sins  of absolutely everyone  who turns  to Him.     We need  to go  “straight”  to God’s word,  if we want  to find  our Savior.

So many people get  to looking  in all the wrong places  for the Savior.     And then,  with troubled hearts,  they wonder why  they haven’t found Him.     Let us pay attention  to all the signs  given us  in God’s word.     Using the signs  in the Bible  will take us  “straight”  to the one-and-only Savior  who is able  to grant us  the gift  of eternal life,  through faith  in Him alone.

When we find  our Savior  in God’s word,  we will be just like the shepherds  in Luke 2:20,  when they were,

… glorifying  and praising God  for all  that they had heard  and seen,  just as had been told them.

As we make the trip  “straight”  through all  of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You truly are  our Savior.     You have been loving us  all along!     Thank You  for giving  Your life  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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