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The Glory of the LORD Has Risen Upon You

December 25, 2014

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The Glory  of the LORD  Has Risen  Upon You

In the nursing home,  where my elderly friend  is staying,  is a cute old lady  with dementia,  who is also blind.     She has a habit  of approaching people  she hears visiting  and asking,  “When are they going  to turn the lights on?”     For her  that is a serious issue.     And,  in another sense,  it is a serious issue  for everyone.

The Bible describes  this world  as a place  of darkness  because of the rampant,  senseless sins  that people blindly  take part in  for no good reason.     All our sinful actions  only bring about sadness,  pain,  and regret  for us  and everyone  we interact with.     Nevertheless,  in our blindness  we just forge ahead  in our sins  and blindly hope  everything  will turn out okay  for us  in the end.

Because we so blindly  take part  in sin,  one of the prophesies  of Jesus’ birth  refers to Jesus  as our light  in this dark world.     Isaiah 60:1-2 says,

Arise,  shine;  for your light  has come,
And the glory  of the LORD  has risen  upon you.
For behold,  darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness  the peoples;
But the LORD  will rise  upon you,
And His glory  will appear  upon you.

There are other references  to Jesus  being our Light.     Matthew 4:12-15  talks about the fulfillment  of Isaiah 9:1.     Matthew says,

Now when He  (Jesus)  heard that John  had been taken  into custody,  He withdrew  into Galilee;  and leaving Nazareth,  He came  and settled  in Capernaum,  which is by the sea,  in the region  of Zebulun  and Naphtali.     This was  to fulfill what was spoken  through Isaiah the prophet saying,

        The land  of Zebulun  and the land of Naphtali,
By the way  of the sea,  beyond the Jordan,  Galilee  of the Gentiles  —
The people  who were sitting  in darkness  saw a great light,
And to those  who were sitting  in the land  and shadow  of death,
Upon them  a light dawned.

Jesus confirmed  the fact that He is our Light  —  He is the only one  who can give us eternal salvation  and lead us  in true righteousness.     In John 12:46,  Jesus witnessed,

I have come  as light  into the world,  that everyone  who believes  in Me  may not remain  in darkness.

This Christmas,  let us ask Jesus  to be our Light  —  to light up  our lives  with His righteousness  and truth  through faith  in Him  —  and to open up  our eyes  to truly see  the beauty  of His grace  towards  each and every one   of us.     When Jesus lights up  our heart  with the truths  of His eternal word,  we will come  to know  the real joy  of celebrating His birth  —  no matter what day  of the year  it may be.     The fact  that no one knows  the actual date  of Jesus’ birth  could be God’s way  of saying  that when we worship  in spirit  and in truth,  we will celebrate Jesus’ coming  every day  of our lives  —  not just once a year  at the designated  and fabricated Christmas time.

With our eyes opened  to the miracle  of Christ’s birth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your coming  is the fulfillment  of so many prophecies.     Truly,  everyone  who puts their faith  in You only  will be saved eternally.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

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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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