He Pitched His Tent Among Us

December 20, 2013


my hope Christmas

SCRIPTURE

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

~John 1:14, NIV

QUOTE

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But Christmas is forever young: The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.

~Philip Brooks

COMMENTARY

Christmas comes each year to draw people in from the cold. Like tiny frightened sparrows, shivering from the winter wind, many live their lives on the barren branches of heartbreak, disappointment, and loneliness–lost in thoughts of shame, self-pity, guilt and failure. One cold day follows another and the only company they keep is the fellow-strugglers who land on the same branches, confused and unprotected. We try hard to attract them to the warmth. Week after week our church bells ring, our choirs sing and our preachers preach. Lighted churches send out their beacon but nothing seems to attract them to the warmth. Then the year draws to a close, Christmas offers its wonderful message–Emmanuel, God with us. He who resides in heaven willingly descended into this cold world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, carries our sorrows and bore our shame. He even died our death and suffered our hell. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety. The LORD Jesus is a wonderful Savior.

EXTRA

  • I’m impressed with this blog. Chuck Swindoll wrote it…The Glory of Christmas [page 9]. I may have changed a word or two but it belongs to him.
  • Congrats to Ronnie and Vickie on the birth of their three grand sons.
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