Archive for January 2nd, 2014

New Every Morning

January 2, 2014

I.)  The Birth of Christ

I never have to wonder what scripture I will start with on Christmas day.  It is always Luke 2:1-20.

 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Most of us have either read, or heard, this passage of scripture many times.  I am reminded about something that I have read about Indian epistemology (the philosophical study of knowledge).  They make a distinction between something that is remembered, and something that is happening in that moment.  In this way, hearing it in the moment, it is new, not something remembered.

II.  New Every Morning:  Lamentations 3:22-25

I’m guessing that not many of you have heard a Christmas message with scriptures from Lamentations.  Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah after Jerusalem had been conquered by the Babylonians.  However, I believe these verses will work today.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.

The fact that Christ came to earth to be born in Bethlehem is proof of God’s love for us.  “The Lord is my portion” is a wonderful expression of what God should be to us.  We should not find our fulfillment in the things of this world, but in God.  To truly celebrate Christmas, we must celebrate Christ.  To truly celebrate Christ, Christ must be present in our lives.  For Christ to be present in our lives, we must believe in the Christ who came to earth for us.

III.  Peace, Goodwill Towards Men

The peace and goodwill that has been extended to humanity is not meant to be just once in a lifetime, not just once a year.  It is meant to be for every day.

Our relationship with God can be more than a memory of what God did once upon a time.  It can be new every morning.  The Lord is good to those who seek Him.  Seek Him every day.

These are the notes from the message preached 12/25/13.  You are welcome to ask questions or make comments.

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