David Davies comes from a God-fearing Anglican family from Carmel, near Holywell. His father was a Welsh-speaking headmaster and his mother, an English woman, was a businesswoman specializing in ladies’ clothing. He had a gifted older brother who however suffered from a kidney malformation and sadly died at a relatively early age. David said he was a like a second father to him and was devastated by his death. He himself did well at Holywell Grammar School and eventually graduated in Ergonomics and Cybernetics at Loughborough University, but not before coming to faith as a student under Paul Cook’s ministry in nearby Shepshed. His family reacted strongly against his conversion, but over the following 34 years the immediate members of his family all became believers as well. In 1969 David went on to apply his training and skills in the steel industry in
Port Talbot. He attended Neath Evangelical Church and witnessed the amazing growth from 11 Christians there to seeing 50 converts. However in 1977, he was invited back to Loughborough University to be Director of a large research institute specializing in Human Sciences and Applied Technology, which gained a wide reputation across Europe. He also returned to Shepshed Evangelical Free Church and served as an elder with a wide range of responsibilities. David also has a younger sister, who is married and now living in Swansea. Sadly, her husband has terminal cancer.They have a son who suffers from schizophrenia, and a married daughter who suffers from lymphoma.There are two grandchildren, a boy of 7 and also a girl of 4 with Down’s syndrome. So, when David retired, he took up training as a domiciliary care worker for terminally ill
men and chose to settle in Penarth to be on hand to help his sister’s family in Swansea and also be able to attend Heath. He says, “I have not had any doubts since moving and have not lost a sense of the immense privilege of being a member at Heath. I want to testify to God’s unfailing love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, grace and wisdom, to me, all through my life.”
Craft afternoon The Craft Afternoon 2019 was as busy as ever and we were all delighted to see so many new faces! There were over 90 people in attendance, a wonderful array of 11 craft tables and many lovely cakes that had been donated! Crafts on offer included everything from tile painting to Christmas ornaments, as well as from jewelry making to biscuit decoration and home accessories! Roger Carswell spoke to everyone halfway through about the life of the famous artist Vincent van Gogh and his dealings with God’s Word. His father was a pastor and Vincent had attended Spurgeon’s church whilst he was working in London. Roger’s talk focused around the artist’s painting ‘Still Life with Bible’ and how we respond to God’s Word. A huge thank you to all those who helped on the day and baked cakes! It was lovely to see how many people had invited friends, family, colleagues and other groups that meet in the church. It was also wonderful to be joined by 3 of our Iranian members in running craft tables.The Craft Afternoon is an annual autumn event - so please join us again next year! Lauren Swain
Book Event at Heath Christian Bookshop on 21st Sep 2019 Despite stiff competition from the EQUIP training day also being held locally, a small crowd turned up to hear Al Ebenezer introduce his latest book – The Heart of the Problem.We got underway a bit later than planned, due to heavy traffic and the usual parking issues around Whitchurch Road (or so Al claimed when he finally arrived).After cakes, coffee and fellowship everyone settled down and Al spoke briefly about the new book, explaining how he had used the analogy of a deadly disease and its cure as the basis for this short evangelistic work in five chapters:
1) The problem – we all know there is one. The world is such a broken place, who could argue against this? 2) The diagnosis – what is the cause of this malady? Why is there a problem? Sin.The heart of the problem is the problem of our hearts. 3) The prognosis – what will the outcome be? Not good! Not only is the “disease” terminal, it leads to everlasting judgement. 4) The cure – can anything be done? Is there any hope? Praise God, yes! There is an answer. There is a way for us to be
well and whole again.The cure has been purchased for us at great expense. 5) The doctor – how do we access this cure? We must come to the doctor; the only Saviour. There is no other way. We’ve been invited; the cure is being offered freely and to anyone who will take it.Why do we refuse?
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Our sacred cities have become a wasteland (Isa 64:10) Psalm 11:3 asks a great question – if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? We live in a time when the Word of God is scorned, evil is celebrated as good, and young children’s minds are under serious threat from Satan’s ways filling the curriculum.
Yes, an enemy has done this, Mat 13:28. That enemy comprises the rulers of the darkness of this world, Eph 6:12.They are real, they do exist, and we live in the midst of a raging spiritual battle – which we are currently losing.
It is easy to “blame” the Holy Spirit for not working. But I think it is our fault, the Lord’s people in our day and land. We have been silent, either because we can’t be bothered, or else we’re too worried about the consequences of speaking up. In Genesis 42:1, when Jacob’s family were facing famine but knew they could do something about it, he said to his sons, “Why are you just looking at each other?” He expected them to be doing something about the terrible situation, and not just navel gazing. Prov 31:9 tells us to open our mouths, to speak up.
Just as Abraham was told to get out of his comfort zone, and go somewhere where he can be used by God (Gen 12:10), so in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:1920, our Lord’s first instruction to His disciples is to GO (“poreuomai”), or actively remove and embed themselves in places so that they can instruct people in the ways of the Lord.
This doesn’t mean we all have to become overseas missionaries, but it does mean that our mission field is where we work or study or go shopping. Our “job” there is secondary, our primary purpose being to stand up for the things of God.
That’s what it means to be the salt of the earth in Matthew 5:13, ie slowing the rate of decay and adding taste back in! And we’re not told to be like salt, we’re told that we are the salt of the earth. Can salt lose its saltiness? When we’re warned about that, it can mean only one thing – we’re just grit for the world to trample, neither hot nor cold, Rev 3:16. Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you are disqualified – 2 Cor 13:5?
Romans 12:1 implies we should be “living sacrifices’ – which is our reasonable service, or logical response, to having been bought with a price.This is not optional.
How much suffering might we put up with? Hassle at work? Criticism from so called friends? Well, Hebrews 12:4 says we have not yet suffered to bloodshed, so the expectation is high. Maybe this is why we are told to count the cost of our discipleship in Luke 14:25-34.
James Cross and I are working for an organisation that promotes the very first creation ordinance – ie something God gave as a commandment to all mankind: marriage. We believe that real marriage, its advantages for children, adults and society in general, represents the stabilizing bedrock of any society.This is why it is under such great attack. I use a quote in one of my presentations from an international organisation that was the precedent for many national organisations today: “We fight for something more than reform. We must aim for the abolition of the family.” Gay Liberation Front Manifesto, 1973
The battle is real and, as the saying goes, the only thing evil needs in order to succeed, is for good people to do nothing. So what can we do? How can you get involved with being the salt we all need to
The difficulty of cultivating a Gospel culture
A Gospel culture is harder to lay hold of than Gospel doctrine. It requires more relational wisdom and finesse. It involves stepping into a kind of community unlike anything we’ve experienced, where we happily live together on a love we can’t create.A Gospel culture requires us not to bank on our own importance or virtues, but to forsake self-assurance and exult together in Christ alone.
This mental adjustment is not easy, but living in this kind of community is
wonderful.We find ourselves saying with Paul,“For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things” – all the trophies of our selfimportance, all the wounds of our self-pity, every self-invented thing that we lug around as a way of getting attention – “and count them as dung, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ” (Phil. 3:8-9). Paul did not regard the loss of his inflated self
be for His glory? Well, here’s a few suggestions to start you off: •
Write to your representatives and take part in surveys whenever you can. Numbers really matter and it’s normally only the very loud activists that policy makers hear from.
Sign up for newsletters from organisations like ours, www.c4m.org.uk and others, that are making a stand;
Do not give in to using the new language of sinfulness – the term “cis gender” for example is meaningless. There are men and there are women;
Many of the battles are fought on social media – Twitter etc. You can create an anonymous account if you want to, and you don’t even need to post anything, just read, like and “re-tweet” those people you think are saying the correct things. To find out who to follow, you can look down the list of who @HeathChurch is following, or look at my own list – I tweet as @VisionTony;
If you feel capable, you can get involved in promoting God’s ways in wider public life, as an academic, a writer, a campaigner, a film-maker, a school governor, or even another public office such as politician.
But the best thing you can do is live your life to the glory of God – as Francis Schaeffer points out in his short vital book, The Mark of the Christian, people judge Christ by how you live your life.
Remember, we are on the Lord’s side, and if God be for us, who can be against us, Rom 8:32? We are not meant to be on the defensive, quite the contrary.When His church takes a stand, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it! Mat 16:18.
as sacrificial.Who admires his own dung? It is a relief to be rid of our distasteful egos! And when a whole church together luxuriates in Christ alone, that church embodies a Gospel culture. It becomes a surprising new kind of community where sinners and sufferers come alive, because the Lord is there, giving Himself freely to the desperate and undeserving. Ray Ortlund, The Gospel: how the church portrays the beauty of Christ. Crossway, 2014. Pages 82-83.
When a group of young people began to pray … That is a picture of what Jesus Christ does with our prayers.We come to God in prayer, our theology not always correct; stumbling and stammering; repeating ourselves and not really saying what we want to. But in heaven there’s a man, the God-man Jesus Christ, who intercedes on our behalf and makes our prayers acceptable to God. These prayers of the saints, together with the incense, were set ablaze with the fire of God and hurled onto the earth. Prayer moves the whole course of world history! This was dramatically seen in Germany in 1989 when the Berlin wall was brought down.A group of young people had been praying about the situation in East Germany for some time in the Lutheran Church where Johann Sabastian Bach was once the organist.These young people were joined by their parents and grandparents and eventually they were over ten thousand people from different Christian denominations (groups) praying.They could not fit into the church, so they held their meetings in the square outside the church.The government heard of the meetings and sent the army in to kill, if necessary: anything to break up the meeting and disperse the crowd.When the army arrived they saw members of their own families there – mothers, wives, children – and refused to follow orders.The dictators had lost control of the army.As I’m sure you know, oppressive rulers and dictators rely completely on their control of the police and the army. Once they’ve lost that, they’ve lost their power.The following morning, they began pulling the wall down!
In Revelation 8:1 the seventh seal is opened. This seal is the judgement of unbelievers. Seven angels are given seven trumpets (8:2), which are going to herald remarkable disasters.They are warning judgments and pictures of God’s judgement and patience. But before these trumpets are blown we read these remarkable words,“There was silence in heaven for about half an hour”. Why was heaven silent for about half an hour? One reason could be that the whole of heaven was awestruck at the prospect of the judgement of God. Many people today think that if there is a God and they one day will stand before Him, they’ll say this to Him and that to Him. People talk about God as though He is just a topic for intellectual discussion and academic debate. Others use His name as a swear-word and treat Him as a joke. Others couldn’t care less. But when a creature is before this awesome God they will be awestruck. Imagine standing next to God when He created the world, or when He crushed His Son on Golgotha, or when, as here, He judges the world.You and I will be silent! But this silence could also be because prayers are being offered up to heaven. This may be a view of prayer from the vantage point of heaven.We may feel our prayers are pointless and just a means of us getting things off our chests.We may have sat through prayer meetings which we have felt have been dry and boring, and we don’t see any answers to our prayers. But in heaven there has been silence because some of God’s people on earth are crying out to Him. You may think to yourself: what is the point of me praying? But your prayer ascends to the very throne of God (8:3-5). He stills heaven as it were, to listen to the prayers of His people. Prayer lies at the very centre of His relationship with His people. John sees that an angel came and stood at the altar and was given much incense to offer (8:3). It seems that this incense which the angel is given represents our Saviour’s intercession in heaven on behalf of His people. A preacher once came to preach at the Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff and gave a very memorable illustration of this. He said that his niece came in from the garden where she had picked flowers for her mother.What the little girl actually had in her hand was a clump of earth with some flowers mixed up with weeds. Her sentiment was lovely in that she wanted to bring something nice for her mother.The preacher said he had spent time with the little girl picking out the weeds and getting rid of the earth to make the flowers a presentable posy for her mother.
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Men, women, and young people ought always to pray!
From Revelation, p 87-89, by Alun Ebenezer, Evangelical Press 2012.
Rev Andrew Evans writes of his recent visit to Kazan, Russia.
Half a billion people live in Central Asia, but only half a percent of them are Biblebelieving Christians. In early October, I spent a week teaching at a Bible college in Kazan, Russia, which seeks to equip people to spread the Gospel in this most needy region on earth. Before my trip, I thought I was about to meet Christian superheroes; students who were willing to risk so much to make Jesus known in Muslim-majority countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. But I was inspired by how normal they were.We enjoyed a game of table tennis at lunchtime, we joined a local football team and we laughed at Google translate getting me in trouble. In other words, they are just like
the rest of us! Except they use every opportunity to speak about our Saviour. It was a privilege to watch as taxi drivers, delivery men and shop assistants all heard the good news that week. I am so grateful to God for answering all our prayers for safe travel. I didn’t miss any connections, my luggage arrived, and I didn’t end up in the middle of Siberia! Even when I was held up at Moscow airport, God gave me an opportunity to speak to a security guard about the contrast between the wealth of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the poverty of Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would empower these students for mission in
Central Asia through the message they have heard.As I taught through a Bible overview, it was very encouraging to see some of them grasping the unified story-line of God’s Word for the first time. My prayer is that this would help them to feed themselves and others with the Scriptures.
100 years of Christian Unions A lot can happen in a hundred years: universal suffrage in Great Britain, two World Wars and the demise of the second British Empire. Inventions such as the TV, computer, internet, smartphone (and, of course, sliced bread!) are also reminders of just how much things can change. Despite progressivist claims to the contrary, however, human nature does not really change, and so we should expect to face tests of character in each succeeding century.
We are now exactly 100 years on from that special moment in our UCCF story when, in the summer of 1919, Norman Grubb (Cambridge student and member of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, CICCU) met a deputation from the Student Christian Movement (SCM) leadership in Cambridge to discuss whether they could join forces.At the time, leading religious figures were rejecting the idea that Christ’s atoning death was the necessary basis of our forgiveness and acceptance by God.
Grubb, who had become increasingly concerned by the theological drift of the SCM, was then told by the SCM leadership that the atoning blood of Christ was not necessarily central to their movement.
‘That settled the matter for those who understood the Bible to teach that this was of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:3).There were no two ways about it. It could not be relegated to one alternative view among many without fatally weakening the gospel. To reject it altogether simply destroyed the gospel.’1 The SCM, though numerically strong, faced an identity crisis as it sought to embrace the new liberal view of Scripture, atonement and heaven and hell.The post-war desire to escape grimness by embracing frivolity also prompted the SCM to lose its evangelistic urgency and seek to appear less earnest and more relevant to the new era that had emerged.
At the time of making this stand, the CICCU was weak compared with the SCM and was derided by academics and chaplains alike for resisting a progressive agenda that seemed to sweep all before it.Yet these courageous students stood strong for the truth.As a result, the immediate foundation of what soon became the InterVarsity Fellowship (now UCCF) was created, pushing forward towards a vibrant and outward-looking witness in the universities of Great Britain.
Today, 100 years on from that moment, confessional evangelical students are facing similar challenges to their beliefs and pressure to change their values.The temptation to compromise primary salvation tenets in order to appear relevant and attractive is arguably as great in 2019 as it was in 1919.Yet, like their forebears, the CUs are rising to those
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challenges with boldness and grace, uniting all who gather around the core unchanging truths of the Gospel that inspired those pioneers of the CU movement.
The first IVF doctrinal basis was written by the CICCU in the realisation that ‘a clear and explicit doctrinal statement was needed in a world in which almost all the great doctrines were being doubted or denied’,2 and still stands at the heart of our unity today.With its commitment to the supreme authority of Scripture in all matters of belief and behaviour, it demands that we stand firm on primary salvation issues, and yet asks that we be generous on those secondary matters on which confessional evangelicals can agree to differ while working together in mission.
Time and again, this centre-bounded approach has proved itself to be the truest and strongest basis for a generous and outward-looking unity, and this is nowhere more evident than in the life of the CUs today. In a secular environment that mocks and shuns Christian students for their beliefs, labelling them illiberal, homophobic or worse, it is not easy to hold the line on the clear teaching of Scripture.Yet CUs are not only holding the line but doing so shoulder to shoulder with brothers and sisters across the evangelical spectrum – keeping the ‘things of first importance’ central and laying aside secondaries for the sake of the mission. Not only this, but Christian students are being courageous and front-footed in the face of hostility towards their beliefs,‘outloving’ their contemporaries by their warm welcome of new students, the quality of their hospitality in events and the generosity of spirit on display as they engage with the world views of those around them. The message of Christ is thriving in our universities despite the changing tides of our
times. CUs are finding innovative ways of reaching their peers in a university culture that is more connected by social media and yet perhaps lonelier than ever. Christian students are winning a hearing from their friends through compassionate friendship and persuasive witness, despite the apparent hostility of the wider culture to some of their core beliefs. We pray that the Lord of the years would continue to have mercy upon us, keeping us as faithful and effective in our day as the students of 1919.We, and CU leaders especially, must continue to work hard to be as courageous as the Gospel demands and as generous and outward-looking as it allows.
What a joy and a privilege at this moment in history to be partnering together as students, supporters and staff as we seek to hold out the Gospel of Christ to lost men and women in universities across Great Britain. Richard Cunningham
Director, UCCF:The Christian Unions
Fielder, G. (1988). Lord of the years. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, p. 21. 1
Barclay, O. and Horn, R. (2002). From Cambridge to the world. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, p. 96. 2
This article was first published in UCCF:The Christian Unions supporter magazine, Impact, autumn 2019’.
Grace and Truth Congregation receives its Final Occupancy Permit In November 2000, the Grace and Truth congregation in Rishon Le Zion, Israel, held the ground-breaking ceremony for its church building.This was the first time that a congregation in Israel had purchased an empty plot of land in order to build a church.We knew that the process would not be easy, particularly when we were told that “In Israel, there are laws and zoning pertaining where you can build a Synagogue or a Mosque but not a Church”.We assumed that this would be a challenge, as we were making a precedent. However, we didn’t think that it would take almost 20 years to get the final occupancy permit.We faced many challenges; not the least was fighting our right all the way to the Supreme Court. The other challenge was “What should a church building in Israel look like?” There was no church built from scratch that we could learn from, so our founding pastor, Baruch Maoz, and the committee that included me, came up with three principles that guided our architect in the design.The first principle was that we wanted it to be a place full of light, unlike some of the historic Orthodox churches in Jerusalem that are very dark inside.“Christ is Risen”, so His church should be full of light and life.The second principle was that we wanted the design to be Middle Eastern, and to resemble a bit of a synagogue and a bit of a church; in other words, something unique and inviting.And the third principle was that we wanted it to be a place that is not only used once or twice a week but seven days a week, like a community centre. Upon approving the architectural drawings, we submitted them to the municipality, and to our surprise, received the construction permit, despite protests from some of the members of the committee.And soon the construction began, though most contractors were not willing to work for us, as they did not want to be part of building a church in Israel; also the orthodox anti-missionary organization put pressure on them not to work with us. So, we had to hire a Druze company from the north of Israel to do
Vitamins for Israel
Dear Brethren, a year has passed, in the twinkling of an eye, since we last sent aid to the Holocaust Survivors in Israel, who are ministered to and served by the Lord's people at Grace and Truth congregation, under Rev David Zadok. As we see the passing of time in its swiftness, it is so true that the Psalmist could say, "As for man his days are as grass, as a flower of the field so he flourishes, the wind passes over it, and it is gone." But in God's Grace, He has given us an
the work. During the construction process, and also later, we had many volunteers from a few countries, which helped us at different stages. But also, many who not only prayed for us faithfully but also supported us financially. Eventually, after many challenges, not the least fundraising, and dealing with various contractors and municipality, the building was completed. And now, after all this time, the Lord has looked upon us with favour in the granting of the occupancy certificate, we are grateful and thankful to Him.We continue to look unto Him to see how He will use us and the building for the advancement of His kingdom in Israel and among both the Jews and the Arabs in the land.
opportunity to do good, especially to the household of faith in Israel, as they seek to help these poor aged people, bringing Christian love, and the Gospel to them. To this end shall we once again send vitamins, as an expression of our love and unity in the Gospel, that others may see our good work and glorify God. The collection could be made on Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 11th December, at the church prayer meetings in the box provided. Items:
I am personally indebted also to Heath Evangelical church in Cardiff for their partnership and support of our work. My yearly visit there and the relationship has become an important part of my deputation and their support for the church and the holocaust survivors through medicine and other humanitarian aid as well as the prayers for us and Israel has become very valuable. I like to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Hughes, elder Paul Tench and Peter Ernest for all that they do for us. My yearly visit to Heath has become a highlight of my trips as I see the love and passion of God’s people for His people of old. Rev David Zadok
Multi Vitamins. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, Vitamins with Calcium, Magnesium, Omega 3.6.9. Omega 3 Fish Oil. Paracetamol. (It has been suggested that Barret and Holland vitamins be avoided, because of certain ingredients) Thanking you with Joy, may the Lord Bless us. Pray for Israel. Peter Ernest
All for love’s sake As the season of advent draws near, it is good to consider why Christmas should be celebrated with much joy and gladness, and not just for a few days but throughout the whole year. A tragic problem
All of God’s acts in providing a way of salvation for sinful men and women are motivated by His love, but because God’s holiness is pure and unchanging, nothing unclean can enter His presence.Therefore no one may have fellowship with Him until their sin has been forgiven and removed. Since there is no way that sinners can absolve themselves – and how they would boast if only they could! (Ephesians 2:9), their salvation must be supplied by God. So because He loved the fallen human race He first created (John 3:16), a means of paying the penalty for their sins was planned which would allow reconciliation with God to take place. A perfect plan
It required a holy and sinless person to accept the guilt and punishment that sinners deserve, in order to absolve all those who accept that sacrificial suffering as their only hope of salvation. No mortal human person could ever do this and so another had to be sent by divine intervention.Thus it was that God’s only begotten Son, the object of that “love divine, all loves excelling” (C Wesley) came to rescue lost souls from eternal condemnation (John 17:3). “There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin” (C F Alexander).
wise men and even angelic hosts to witness and worship the new born Child (Luke 2:3-4; Matthew 2:2-3).“Unsearchable the love that hath the Saviour brought” (C Wesley). A holy life
From the beginning Jesus was fully aware of the mission entrusted to Him by His Father (Luke 2:40). Even as a young boy he confounded the learned men in the Temple, but He assured His parents He was simply carrying out His Father’s business (Luke 3:46-49).And when cunningly tempted by Satan with worldly allurements, Jesus rejected them and remained faithful to His Father’s will (Matthew 4:10). He always emphasized this (John 5:30; 6:38) and so earnestly did He pray over it that He shed drops of blood (Luke 22:41-44).
In all He said and did Jesus displayed unwavering love for needy people of every kind. His only condemnation was for the self-righteous (Matthew 5:19) and those who defiled His Father’s house (Mark 11:15-17). In love He raised Lazarus from death and healed all manner of illnesses, and even washed the feet of a disciple He knew was about to betray Him. His whole life on earth and His teachings showed without fail that He alone was the way to salvation and peace with God, and to sanctified, holy living and fruitful service. An atoning death
For the Son of God to take on human form was a miraculous and unique event, which only could be achieved by the power of God’s Holy Spirit engendering a Child within a virgin maiden named Mary (Luke 1:35).This was entirely due to God’s great love in that He did not withhold His well beloved Son, but freely sent Him on this mission of mercy and redemption (Luke 1:76-79).
Jesus not only knew the purpose of His mission but also the cost it entailed, down to every detail of the cruel sufferings and precisely how and when they would occur.Yet He remained steadfast to the end and His love was unabated. When those who hated Him mocked and beat Him and called for His death, He submitted without protesting His innocence and so fulfilled exactly the prophecy recorded in Isaiah 53. In loving compassion Jesus spoke tenderly to the criminal hanging beside Him and prayed that God would forgive those who crucified Him (Luke 23:34).
A humble incarnation
A glorious resurrection and ascension
An immaculate conception
In God’s condescending love the time and location of the Saviour’s birth was wisely chosen in the world’s history and in local circumstances (Galatians 4:4).The census ordered by Caesar Augustus resulted in Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem (Luke 2:2-5) and it was there that the Child was born, fulfilling the prophecies made centuries earlier (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2).And it was not in a royal palace or wealthy mansion, nor even an ordinary house that Christ was born, but in a stable for animals, as a sign of how lowly God’s love can reach.And how comprehensive His love is since there gathered poor, fearful shepherds, rich
By His faithful obedience in bearing God’s holy wrath against sin, Jesus fully accomplished all He came to do, and His love for lost souls was unblemished. Having satisfied His Father’s will, Jesus rose from the tomb by God’s supreme power over sin, death and hell (Acts 2:24).And thus God’s enduring love for His only begotten Son and for those He came to save was finally confirmed. (John 17:23-26).And Christ’s mission for redemption was vindicated in heaven.
All for love’s sake – thanks be to God at Christmas!
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