Thursday, December 04, 2008
Current Study: People Who Made a Difference
Today’s Topic: The Ultimate Difference-Maker
Today’s Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20 [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Two days ago I received an email from my friend Bruce. I thought at first it might be an invitation to go golfing, but I was soon to discover it was an invitation to something much more important. His timing was perfect. Here we are at the start of another Christmas season, and people are looking for something that will make a difference in their lives. The giving and receiving of gifts offers a respite from the normal drudgery and despondency of life. We seem to need a Santa-like affirmation that we’ve been nice and not naughty. Auto workers are looking for a congressional Christmas present. Retail store owners and operators are looking for customers. The citizens of our great country are looking for hope, placing it primarily in newly elected officials. The world in general is looking for financial stability. People are longing for peace and security.
All those who place their faith and hope in this world will be disappointed. But as my friend reminded me, all those who place their hope and faith in Jesus Christ will be transformed. I trust that the devotional that he shared with me will be a great start for you to this Christmas season, and will be the beginning of seeing Jesus Christ as the ultimate difference-maker in our lives. Here’s what Bruce said…
I was just reading in Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Points Magazine and Devotional and was really touched by part of an article. Dr. Jeremiah this month is using some of Dr. Suess’s characters for Christmas analogies, like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who. In describing the Who of Christmas that we need to listen for, he says, “the first syllable of Christ-mas gives us the Who, it is Christ. The babe enshrouded in swaddling clothes and lying quietly in the splintered hay was—and is—the Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. He is the Light of the World and the Bread of Life. He is the King of Kings, the King of the Ages, and the King of the Jews. He is Emmanuel— God with us.”
“As he slumbered between ox and donkey, tended by Joseph and Mary, He was God in disguise, the Incarnate Deity, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
“The whole teaching of the Bible and of Christianity in all it’s major branches is that Jesus Christ was and is the infinite God Himself: pure, perfect, sinless, and holy. He is the Ancient of Days, the Everlasting Lord, the Ruler of Eternity, and the Maker of the Ends of the Earth. He’s the Second Person of the Triune God.”
“It was the Great I Am who created the nocturnal skies under which shepherd boys watched their lambs, who formed the glittering stars into which eastern Magi peered with interest, and who birthed the creation into which He descended in the fullness of time.”
“As the church father Aurelius Augustine, put it: He it is by whom all things were made, and who was made one of all things; who is the revealer of the Father, the creator of the mother; the Son of God by the Father without a mother; the Son of man by the mother without a father; the Word who is God before all time, the Word made Flesh at a fitting time… filling the world, lying in a manger.”
“He is both God and Man”.
How’s that for someone who made a difference in our lives?