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All Things Have Been Created Through Him and for Him

December 17, 2014

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All Things  Have Been Created  Through Him  and for Him

All the secular emphasis  for Christmas  is on Santa  with his elves  and reindeer,  gifts,  trees,  decorations,  and snow.     That obviously misses  what should have been the point  for setting aside  a day  for celebrating  the Savior’s birth.     Nobody knows Jesus’ actual birth date,  and that is not important.     One thing  that is important,  though,  is the fact  that Jesus  is much more than a baby  in a manger.     Jesus is our Creator.

Jesus  is God  come down  to this earth  to save us  from our sins.     As Matthew 1:23 says,

Behold,  the virgin  shall be  with child,  and shall bear  a Son,  and they shall call His name Immanuel,  which translated means,  “God  with us”.   

This point  is emphasized  throughout God’s word  in a number  of ways  that are important  for us  to realize  as we celebrate  a meaningful Christmas  —  a meaningful worship  of Christ.     In Hebrews 1:2  is a truth  to consider.     It says,

In these last days  God has spoken  to us  in His Son,  whom He appointed heir  of all things,  through whom also  He made the world.

The whole world  was made  through Christ  —  that babe  in a humble manger.     The apostle John  has more  to say  about this.     In John 1:1  he says,

In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word  was with God,  and the Word  was God.

John  calls Jesus  “the Word”.     Then he says  in John 1:3,

All things came  into being through Him;  and apart  from Him  nothing came  into being  that has come  into being.

When Paul  was explaining  to the Colossians  the reasons why  they should lead lives  that are worthy  of the Lord,  he says  about Jesus  in Colossians 1:16-17,

For  in Him  all things were created,  both  in the heavens  and on earth,  visible  and invisible,  whether thrones  or dominions  or rulers  or authorities  —  all things  have been created  through Him  and for Him.

And He is before all things,  and in Him  all things hold together.

So,  Jesus not only created  all things  —  but He sustains all things  —  He holds all things together.     This world  could not continue  to exist  without the power  of Jesus  causing all the seasons,  growth in plant life  and animal life,  and every other miracle  of sustaining all  of creation.

Considering all this,  doesn’t it make sense  that common decency  should lead us  to worship Christ  in the right way  during this Christmas season?     It’s obvious  that the majority  of the world  doesn’t really agree.     They prefer  to emphasize shopping,  parties,  gifts,  food,  Santa,  etc.     They boldly choose  to ignore their Creator  and Sustainer.     And then,  they wonder why  they have no peace.

As we think  about Christmas  —  about God  our Creator  miraculously coming down  to be our Savior  and Redeemer  —  let us worship  in spirit  and in truth.     As Jesus  told the Samaritan woman  at the well  in John 4:24,

God is spirit;  and those who worship Him  must worship  in spirit  and truth.

Carefully examining  all these truths  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord God Almighty,  Your love for us  is so great  that You even condescended  to be born  in human form  that You might suffer  and die  to pay  for our sins.     All glory be  to Your name alone.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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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