Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Virgin's Womb and an Empty Tomb

Today my daily devotional in The Daily Bread was so poignant and thought-provoking that I decided to print it here today in its entirety in case you don't read The Daily Bread. I hope it moves you as it did me:
During this Christmas season, it's good to keep a firm grip on the reality of Easter. While the two events are celebrated at different times and in very different ways, they are both integral parts of God's initiative in His grand plan of salvation.

Peter Larson wrote: "Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked 'No Entrance' and left through a door marked 'No Exit.'

James Edwards echoes this theme in his book The Divine Intruder: "{God} breaks into this world, even when He is unexpected and unwelcome. God joins us in our weakest and worst moments. There is a Divine Intruder among us."

The stable in Bethlehem and the cross of Calvary remind us that "when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son...to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Gal. 4:4-5)

The Lord did not wait for an invitation to enter the world. Clothed with humanity, He lived as our teacher, died as our sacrifice,, and rose from the grave as our Savior.

Christmas is coming---and so is Easter.

This joyous season of the year
Should prompt us to recall
That Jesus' death on Calvary
Provides new life for all.

Jesus' earthly life is framed by two impossibilities----a virgin's womb and an empty tomb!"

I pray you were awed as I was by this wonderful truth!


Anonymous chickie said...

I read this in my Daily Bread as well - and was reminded of the days that we'd celebrate the wonderful Christian fellowship we had at Christmas time in Hawaii. Remember the days that we'd get together and Joe Lawson would read aloud Isaiah 53? We'd all be anticipating Christmas and the purpose behind the birth of Christ. Mele Kalikimaka!

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