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Fear Not I Bring The Gospel

angel Picture yourself in a field outside the small, Judean town of Bethlehem. Your job is to tend sheep. About the only excitement you ever experience is the occasional stray wolf looking for a lamb chop.

Then one night as you and your friends sit out by the fire watching for predators, something truly startling occurs. The sky begins to burn brightly as if it is on fire and then angels begin to descend. Even the best and bravest of us would be freaking out.

So what would it take to calm you down? What thing could these heavenly beings say that would put you at ease? Well, when this scene that I just described actually occurred over 2,000 years ago, the message was pretty straightforward, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Fear not, that part seems pretty self explanatory, but what about the rest? What was this news and why was it good? To answer that question, you only need look in the mirror. Man is born with a nature that is totally corrupted by sin. We are separated from the creator who made us because we have rebelled against Him. We are lost in the darkness without any light to show us the way back home.

Then enters one man. But He is no ordinary man. He is the very Son of God, come to earth in the form of a baby. His mission is to live a sinless life, die a horrible death, and pay the sin debt that we rightly owed so that if we receive His forgiveness and claim His sacrifice by faith, then we can be welcomed into His family. We can see that light. We can find our way home.

This is what made that evening in Bethlehem so many years ago so special. The message of the angels was a message of hope. A message of deliverance. They might as well have said, Fear not, for I bring you the gospel. The word gospel means “good news” and it was indeed good news that they brought.

I hope that you will ponder this good news and receive it if you have not already. Then you like the shepherds will have the best reason to glorify and praise God.

Merry Christmas from Clapham Community!

Doing A 180

It is amazing how the truth can change hearts and minds when people willingly confront it. I had the privilege of viewing a documentary entitled 180 with evangelist Ron Comfort. In that documentary, Comfort respectfully and patiently confronts people on the street about the Jewish holocaust, abortion, and the need for Christ. I was very encouraged to see many of them come off their preconceived prejudices and consider the message of the truth that is right in front of them.

I strongly urge you to watch the 180 documentary. It only takes 33 minutes but the shocking power of truth will open your eyes. If you know Christ as savior it will encourage you and open your eyes. It will also be a powerful witnessing tool that you can share with your unbelieving friends.

Is Heaven Without Christ Really Heaven?

 

 

“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this:

If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?

And the question for Christian leaders is: Do we preach and teach and lead in such a way that people are prepared to hear that question and answer with a resounding No?”

—John Piper, God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself (Wheaton, I: Crossway, 2005), p. 15.

HT: Justin Taylor

We Are His Bride

Bride and FlowersWe Are The Bride Of Christ

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior and forgive you of your sins, you are a part of the bride of Christ. This means something. This is significant. I’m not going to steal his thunder, but Pastor Scotty Smith captures the essence of this glorious truth in a prayer that he published on Justin Taylor’s blog. I post the prayer in its entirety for your encouragement:

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isa. 62:5

Most holy and loving Jesus, we realize we’re not the primary focus, point or end of anything. We’re thrilled history is irrepressibly heading toward the glorious Day when your redeemed people and the restored creation will finally give you honor, praise, and glory you deserve. All things are being summed up in you, made new by you, and prepared for you. That day cannot come too soon.

That being said, it’s shocking to realize how much you love us—how much you actually make of us, Lord Jesus. Knowing you’ve forgiven all our sins is more than enough reason to praise you for eternity. Knowing you’ve covered us with your perfect righteousness is reason to praise you for ten eternities. But to see and believe you’ve made us your cherished Bride is staggering… thrilling… and ever so liberating. We’re not just going to heaven when we die, we’re entering a bridal chamber when you return.

How can this be, Lord Jesus? How can this possibly be? You’ve made us, a most unlikely and unworthy people, your bride, wife and queen for all eternity. This isn’t the story of Cinderella we’re in. There was nothing about us, or in us, that made us attractive to you. We’re the mean stepmother and the two conniving stepsisters—completely ill-deserving of your pursuit and affection. But such is the measure of your mercy and grandeur of your grace. You loved us in your death and now you serve us by your life.

One Day we’ll be radiant with your beauty and filled with your joy, Lord Jesus, for we’ll see you as you are and we will be made like you. Hasten that most longed for moment. But on that Day, our wedding day, your rejoicing won’t be any greater or your singing any louder than it is in this day. All of this is true because the gospel is true. We believe this, free us from our unbelief. So very Amen we pray, in your matchless name and endless affection.

HT: Justin Taylor