December 22, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 51     

Jesus Christ, the Son of God

He came from splendor to be born in poverty. He left the presence of angels, for the company of men. He laid down a scepter in heaven to be laid in a manger, and exchanged the worship of Arch-angels, for the praise of lowly shepherds.

He walked into the world with all the power of Almighty God at his bidding, but he was carried out a mutilated body lowered from a cross.

He rebuked the pious, but he comforted the sinner. He refused earthly Kingship, although he was still a King. He loved his mother yet gave her away at the Cross. He healed the broken-hearted, yet he himself, died with a broken heart.

He loved the fellowship of friends, yet was cast out by his kinsmen. He rebuked both sage and seer, then blessed the little children. He held an executive meeting on the Mount of Transfiguration, then wept alone in the Garden of Gethsemane.

He could walk on water, but could not walk away from the tears in the eyes of the Widow from Nain. He could command the stars in their orbits, but he refused to change the circumstances of his own execution. His mission was a commitment to free all men, yet he was imprisoned on the testimony of one man.

He delivered many from pain, but he was delivered to suffer agonizing pain. He dried the eyes of multitudes, but no one dried his eyes in Gethsemane. He carried the burdens of the world, but only one was brought forth to help him bear his cross to Calvary.

His execution was thought to be insignificant, but became the controversy of the ages. His life was extinguished in a brief second of time, but then ignited to lighten the world. His short span of thirty-three years on Earth should have passed unnoted were it possible, but no one life has ever had such impact on the minds of men.

His three and one-half years in the public’s eye was brief indeed, but his achievements are the greatest ever recorded.

He has inspired more men, conquered more hearts, delivered more prisoners, consoled more mourners, than any figure in the history of man. He spoke of love, but was murdered with hate. He shared all that he had, then on the Cross...he shared paradise with a thief. He gave the World light, only to be driven into the cavern of Death. He gave mankind guidance, only to be guided to Golgotha. He pointed men to the Tree of Life, they nailed him to a tree on a hill called the Skull. He laid down a scepter in heaven, to be laid in a borrowed tomb.

He walked out of heaven, pure, perfect, and beautiful. He returned beaten, mutilated, and nail scarred. He fulfilled all that was written of him, and yet man did not believe Him. His coming changed the course of nations, his return will be to judge the nations. His title was simple as stated on the Cross, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” but to those who have ever known him, He is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God!

Would We Know

If we had been the shepherds one night long ago,
I wonder if we’d recognize the star or if we’d know
the reason for His birth and if we’d really go
to worship at the manger. I wonder, would we know?

Is it really any different than if Jesus came today?
I wonder, would we recognize His face in any way?
Or would we turn away from Him
not knowing what to say?

If Jesus walked among us in our hurried, busy pace,
I wonder if this stranger would really find a place?

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Much More

Twas much,
that man was
made like God before,

But that God should
be like man
much more.

- John Donne -

Your Cross

Whatever your cross,
Whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine
After the rain.

Perhaps you may stumble,
Perhaps even fall,
But God always rescues His children
Out of it all.

"The Baby Changed Everything"
Matthew 1:18-25
"Returning to God"
Genesis 13:1-18

Mark Your Calendars:

  • December 29th: Song Service at 6:00 pm
  • January 5th: Fellowship Meal at noon.
  • January 20-23rd: 28th Annual Lectureship at the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

“All that is best in the civilization of today is the fruit of Christ's appearance among men.” Daniel Webster




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Alie Herrera
Melissa Keyso
Frank Small
Bill Sherman
Mike & Janet Weber
Lem & Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Edward N. Quansah



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  


 Dick Navarre  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Charlie White


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Carl Rigney



 Dick Navarre



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach

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