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The Ordinary

Today’s passage in the 2nd Baptist 2017 Journal is Luke 1:39–56, and to quote the introduction, As God steps into the ordinary we can’t help but praise Him. God stepped into the ordinary life of a Jewish teenager. Let that sink in. Our Lord, stepped into our ordinary world, through the auspices of two teenagers! Would you pick teenagers for this mission? Would I? Probably not, but God did.

Fickleness & Faithfulness

The Journal goes on to say, In Mary’s song of praise, she recalled how God had helped Israel as the fulfillment of all His promises. Now her own child would the living fulfillment of all His promises.

If we think of the history that the Magnificat represents, we have to wonder at God’s faithfulness—these people were fickle, inconsistent and prone to wander and sin. In other words, these people with unlovable, yet He loved them anyway.

We are fickle, inconsistent and prone to wander and sin—yet He loves us still.

Imagine

I read this in my morning email from The Denison Forum:

My wife and I were watching one of the plethora of Christmas specials on television when a musical group presented a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The now-famous lyrics begin:

Imagine there is no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people living for today.

I never imagined that I would hear “Imagine” performed as a Christmas song. But that’s how secular the holidays have become.

Our society has become so secularized that we turned Christmas into a celebration of materialism and some sort of mystical wish for peace on earth.

Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace.

Peace

Jesus brings us peace—not world peace just yet. But, peace with God. We are fickle, inconsistent and prone to wander and sin—yet He loves us still.

He stepped into our ordinary world and loves us in spite of ourselves—and that is what Christmas is all about.

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