CHRISTMAS ACRONYM – S

December 11, 2013

All in favor of a story with a good ending? “Servant” is the name of Jesus for the “S” in our Christmas acronym, (see the December 1 post) and the end of the story is VERY good! In fact, there never was, nor ever will be an ending to a story like this one.

In the prophecies of Isaiah, centuries before the birth of Christ, we find passages that are titled the “servant songs”. They foretell Christ’s mission of redemption and salvation; they promise that He would be a light to those who walk in darkness, and give freedom to all who languish in bondage. The suffering, sorrow, rejection and death of Jesus are all depicted. The story is bad, but it doesn’t end there.

The plot takes a turn in Isaiah 53:11, where it starts to get better. We read that “He (Jesus) shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge, My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.” We have the opportunity to be justified – acquitted from guilt and to be declared righteous before our holy God – because Jesus came as God’s righteous Servant. Praise God!

Later, the Apostle Paul, reminding us that Christ came as a servant, describes the events of the end of the story this way: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him (His Servant!) and given Him a name which is above every name, (here it comes….) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Now we know the end of the story, and it will be good! Let’s celebrate Jesus, God’s Servant, this Christmas season by bowing our knees before Him in worship, and confessing that He is Lord of our lives. That will be VERY good!

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SURRENDERING TO GOD’S TIMETABLE

January 29, 2011

God doesn’t flaunt His sovereignty, doing whatever He wants to on a whim. NO! Just as He has a perfect plan that is unfolding (on a universal level as well as in our own lives), He has a timetable for every step and every detail of that plan. People call it “chance” or “coincidence”, but as we look into God’s word, we see it’s His plan at work, according to His timing. The wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon, wrote that God has “made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The prophet Isaiah taught that God works according to His timetable (Isaiah 60:22). The apostle Paul wrote about Christ’s having been born “when the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, speaking of His impending death, surrendered to God’s timetable when He declared “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” (John 12:23)

God is working according to His timetable in every detail of our lives to fulfill His plan. Everything is right on course. It always was, and always will be. He won’t delay anything one second longer than planned. When we can’t figure it out, we need to remember that He is perfect and won’t mess up the plan just because we’re in a hurry. Surrendering to His timetable, we don’t have to have the schedule of events. He has it, and we can trust Him to do what He knows to be best, when He sees that it should happen.  God give us grace to surrender to His timetable!


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