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Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Isaiah 9:6-7(NASB)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
We have been given a gift of the Prince of Peace back 2,005 or so years ago in Bethlehem. The diest idea of a hands-off God got thrown out the window that day, for God decided not just to casually intervene in the world, but to send a part of Himself to die. Ben had these words yesterday
The Greatest Gift ever given was unknown, unappreciated, unacknowledged by the world. There was no thank you note. Part of that was in the wrapping paper -- the Messiah came not to the palace, but to shepherds and street people, hookers and bums, born in a smelly Bethlehem shack. Not exactly bells and ribbons. The star was a nice touch, though. The Greatest Gift can't be paid back. It exceeds all other gifts. We can't give anything in return that will equal it in measure, we can make no offering that takes us out of debt, no present that will make things equal between us and God. We can only choose to accept or reject it for what it is -- a free gift, no strings attached.
The show-stopper at the Singing Christmas Tree was a kindergardenish girl singing "What can I give him? I'll give him my heart." That's the best we can do for a gift of eternal life. Try and get past the traditional things of Christmas and remember who it was who was in that manger and what it means to you and me. It was a start of a meme that rules the world; the idea that each individual is precious in God's sight and has the ability to be a child of God. Whoever beleives in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life-that's something no government or no suicide bomber can take away.

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