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Monday, December 19, 2011

Love ... the greatest Light

In Isaiah 9:6, it says "Authority rests upon his shoulders" or in the New King James version, "And the government will be upon His shoulders." In this morning's devotional reading by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, he tells us the bearing of this authority, the right of the one who rules, begins in the manger - it begins where the eternal word of God assumes human flesh - when God Himself becomes human, in the form of a baby, in the name of Jesus.

God's promises are everywhere in the Scriptures. He provides signs of His coming to earth as one of us, to be among us, and signs of His rejection and dejection among the peoples He proposed to save.

We don't listen. Many Jews refused to hear, refused to believe and obey when they did hear, neglected all but their own selfish desires and reasoning. So, God's Word  given to another - the Gentiles, strangers in a foreign land. And many heard and many believed and many obeyed. But there were also among them, many who  refused to hear, refused to believe and accept, refused to be obedient.

God, creator of the universe - the heavens and the earth.

God, the Son, who is born for us, the Son given to us, to save us from eternal hell to everlasting life.

God, the holiest of holies, whose divine Spirit dwells within us upon our  acceptance of Jesus, He, the babe, the Christ Child, whose birth His followers celebrate at Christmas.

God, Our Father
Jesus, His Son, Our Lord and Savior
The Holy Spirit, Our Comforter

These three as One, in the beginning, throughout time, in the end.
The Word was. It is. It shall forever be.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through Him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light which gives light to every man who comes into the world. 

"He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, but of the will of the flesh, not of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-14)

And love.

Love ... the greatest Light

"the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5b) ... Jesus. He is the Light of the World.

"If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:6-7)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

is of God,
from God,
God's Love
came down
to earth
as a human baby, His Son,
the Light of the World
God's Love
God's Love
The Spirit within us

God's Love ...
the greatest Light,
the greatest gift,
promised, foretold, fulfilled, and to return.

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