HOW DEAR AND PRECIOUS IS THE NAME TUNE "I HEARD THE BELLS" LM WORDS BY JIM BYRD
1. How dear and precious is the Name Of Him Who down from heaven came; His Name above all names shall be, Now and through all eternity.
2. O lift your voices to proclaim The praise and glory of His Name; That Name of Him who came to earth, There never was a nobler birth.
3. Christ came from His most holy place To save His loved and chosen race; The Shepherd left His throne on high, For His own sheep to bleed and die.
4. Upon Him all our sins were laid, And by His blood our debt was paid; He conquered sin, death and the grave, And ever lives mighty to save.
5. Jesus, Redeemer, Savior, King, Accept the tribute which we bring; Thy Name above all names shall be, Now and through all eternity.
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Galatians 4:4-5).
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 2:1-20
Daily Readings -December 22-28 Sunday - 2 Peter 1-3 Monday - 1 John 1-3 Tuesday - 1 John 4-5 Wednesday- 2 & 3 John Thursday - Jude - Rev. 2 Friday - Rev. 3-6 Saturday - Rev. 7-10
THE GOD-MAN When the Son of God came into this world to be born of a virgin, live a life of obedience to the Father and then die and establish righteousness for His people by the sacrifice of Himself, He did not cease to be God. He took into union with Himself that which He did not have before, a human body and soul, but He did not stop being divine. Let it also be remembered that when He finished the work of redemption and ascended back to heaven, He did not cease being Man. He remains today and forevermore our glorious God and sympathizing High Priest, Savior and elder Brother. He is the God-Man. â€“Pastor Jim Byrd
"THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH" (John 1:14) Dearest of all the names above, my Jesus and my God, Who can resist Thy heavenly love, or trifle with Thy blood?
â€˜Tis by the merits of Thy death the Father smiles again; â€˜Tis by Thine interceding breath the Spirit dwells with men.
Till God in human flesh I see, my thoughts no comfort find; The holy, just and sacred Three, are terrors to my mind.
But if Immanuelâ€™s face appear, my hope, my joy begins, His name dissolves my slavish fear, His grace removes my stain.
While Jews on their own law rely, and Greeks of wisdom boast; I love the Incarnate mystery, and there I fix my trust. â€“Isaac Watts, 1709
GOOD NEWS FOR SINNERS "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).
On this prophecy hangs the hopes of fallen sinners. Had this word failed, we were all damned forever. Eternal horror awaited us. Eternal hell must have been our doom. But, oh my fellow sinners, this day is this scripture fulfilled. It was for us sinners against God that Christ came, and so we read "Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given" (Isaiah 9:6). He was born and given that we who are filthy by birth and polluted by nature might have a holy birth. "The government shall be upon His shoulders." He is our KING. He reigns over us, for us and in us. Our souls and all our concerns are safe in His hands. "His name is WONDERFUL." In His conception, His birth, His person, God and Man in one Christ, in His life, His death, His resurrection, ascension, and intercession, He is wonderful. "Counselor." He powerfully pleads our cause above. He sweetly counsels our hearts below to come to Him; so we find blessed rest in Him. "THE MIGHTY GOD." No less could save us. Jesus is the God of our salvation. "THE EVERLASTING FATHER." He begets us to Himself by the word of His grace. The most tender parent on earth never loved his children as Jesus loves me. "THE PRINCE OF PEACE." He is ever at peace with us, has made peace for us and bestows peace on us. â€“William Mason (edited for length)
ONE MEDIATOR The Lord Jesus Christ is the only channel through which God comes to sinners and sinners draw near to God. "There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5). The indescribably holy God will not speak to nor be spoken to by any son or daughter of Adam except through this Go-between. The Savior said, "...no man cometh to the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). --Pastor Jim Byrd