WORSHIP CHRIST THE LORD Tune to "O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM" Words by JIM BYRD
1. Sing praises to the Son of God, Who down from heaven came; To save His people from their guilt, From misery and shame. Down from His heavâ€™nly glory The Savior came to earth; And angels looked with holy awe, Upon Messiahâ€™s birth.
2. God in the flesh, the Son of Man, Our Prophet, Priest and King; The Seed of woman came to earth, To save the perishing. In love and great compassion, The great Redeemer died; He reconciled us to our God And we are justified.
3. Christ was the perfect sacrifice, Our sins upon Him lay; The sword of justice pierced His heart, And guilt was washed away. Oâ€™er sin and death He triumphed, His greatness let us own; The Savior reigns forevermore, Upon His sovereign throne.
4. Bow down and worship Christ the Lord, His wonders gladly tell; All fulness of the Godhead three, In Christ the Savior dwell. The only Mediator, On Him our hopes depend; He is our Savior, God and King, Our Advocate and Friend.
Daily Readings - December 15-21 Sunday - Hebrews 1-4 Monday - Hebrews 5-7 Tuesday - Hebrews 8-10 Wednesday- Hebrews 11-13 Thursday - James 1-5 Friday - 1 Peter 1-2 Saturday - 1 Peter 3-5
SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY: MORNING: JOHN 1:1-14 - EVENING: JOHN 11:11-29
GRACE AND TRUTH "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Christ is full of grace. Ah! if He had not been then I would never have been saved. He drew me when I struggled to escape from His grace; and when at last I was brought all trembling like a condemned culprit to His mercy seat He said, "Your sins which are many are all forgiven: be of good cheer." And He is full of truth. His promises have been true, not one has failed. I bear witness that no servant has ever had such a Master as I have; never has a brother had such a kinsman as He has been to me; never has a spouse had such a husband as Christ has been to my soul; never has a sinner had a better Saviour; never has a mourner had a better comforter than Christ has been to my spirit. I need no one except Him. In life He is my life, and in death He shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness He makes my bed; in darkness He is my star, and in brightness He is my sun; He is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and He shall be the new grain of the host when they come to Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and He is full, infinitely "full of grace and truth." My soul, with all your might bless "the only Begotten." C. H. Spurgeon
SUBSTITUTION AND SATISFACTION In the fall of 1969, I began attending a bible college which was considered one of the most conservative in the country. While there I learned the truth of Godâ€™s free and sovereign grace, not due to my professors, but in spite of most of them. I discovered that "salvation is of the LORD," that God chose a people unto salvation, and that when Christ died, He actually accomplished their redemption, effectually putting away their sins and bringing in everlasting righteousness. The Lord taught me the error of free-willism and the omnipotence of the divine will in the experience of salvation. "It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy" (Romans 9:16). When the authorities of the college passed a resolution stating that no one could graduate without signing a statement affirming their belief in universal redemption, I made my position clear without hesitation and paid the price by being forced to leave. I considered it an honor to stand firm for the gospel of sovereign grace. In no sense whatsoever did Christ give His life a ransom for all mankind: universal redemption is a lie. He died "to save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). The Savior was sacrificed, not to make salvation a possibility for all, but to sanctify and cleanse the church (Ephesians 5:25-26). He"obtained eternal redemption for us" (Hebrews 9:12). Christ gave Himself for His elect that God might be a just God and a Savior. "I am the good Shepherd, the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep" (John 10:11). He paid the ransom demanded by divine justice, the price being His own death. Justice cannot and will not condemn those in whose stead Christ has died for its requirements have been fulfilled by His cross-death as evidenced by His resurrection. "Who shall lay anything to the charge of Godâ€™s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:33-34). Learn these two words - substitution and satisfaction - for they are the very heart of the gospel. â€“Pastor Jim Byrd