Blessed Christmas and 2011 to all who hit this blog.
Imagine how flustered a woman can be, to rush to the hospital to give birth to her first born and then only to find that there isn’t any suite available at the hospital but only a make-shift bed at the corridor. What an experience and a let-down?
The birth of Jesus was even in a worse situation; He was born in a manger [A manger is a trough or box of carved stone or wood construction used to hold food for animals (as in a stable). Source : Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia], as there was absolutely no room or make-shift room available in the inn.
Luke 2:7 She wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” .
But hundreds of years ago, the birth of Jesus was prophesied by Isaiah (Is. 7:14) and the location of His birth would be in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) and yet there was no preparation for a place for Him. So, has God the Father failed to prepare for His Son?…or is there something the Father foreknew that the world would reject His Son even from the very day He was born?
The devil is described as the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4) and he has orchestrated opposition to His birth to stall salvation as prophesied ages ago. Even today, the devil is still orchestrating opposition to His birth and the salvation that Christ has given us by deceiving us into powerless alternatives……such as, even today, we can have heaps of rooms for all forms of:
.. Christmas entertainment that do not depict the true message of the birth of our redeemer, our kinsman redeemer,
….. Christian denominations or organisations that do not reflect the true meaning of the church, the bride of Christ,…
… ….sermons on law, law+grace, and human philosophies that all depict pre Christ and "the other gospel [Galatians 1 :9])" which do not reflect the gospel message , that Christ the redeemer has come and that the gospel is now the power unto salvation.
The devil is anti-Christ and will frustrate by deception anything that glorifies Christ. We do not want to be one of his agents in diminishing the pre-emminence (Col 1:17-19) of Christ. We are partakers of God’s divine nature. We are God's agents and we want to glorify His pre-emminence in the church. Hallelujah.
Perhaps, this Christmas onwards, it is an apt time to embrace this bright neon sign at our residence (our hearts) that says :
“Welcome, there is vacancy”. I am empty of myself and I welcome your residence….for Christ in me is the hope of glory (Col 1:27)’