Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Savior and Defender - December 6, 2010

Psalm 18:2 (New International Version, ©2010)
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[sovereign] and the horn[strength] of my salvation, my stronghold.

Isaiah 19:20 (New International Version, ©2010)
20 It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.

It almost seems impossible that God would love us enough to rescue us from our sin. Have you ever stopped and wondered why? You know it is real. It can't be just how we were raised or who we were mentored by, because deep down within our soul, we know that we have done wrong. We know that without something or someone, we would be lost not only in the present, but also forever.

Why do you think that there are so many faiths and religions that require you do something to be made right with God? Even those who are atheists know the difference between right and wrong, although they will never admit it is a God given feeling within them. There is a time in everyone's life when they know that they have to become right with their Maker. We all have to place our trust and hope in something.

Thank God that long before we were a thought, the plan was made to provide us with a deliverer and a Savior. That is what we look forward to when as we approach Christmas. That is why we look to "the coming" of Jesus as a time to celebrate and keep holy. It is not a mere man we are looking for; it is the One sent from heaven who will rescue us.

Colossians 1:15-20 (New International Version, ©2010)
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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