A Christmas Card from Jerry Bridges

ChristmasThis is the best Christmas greeting I’ve received so far this season. I like it because it displays the bigger story and the greater glory of the coming of Jesus Christ. By the way, Jerry turned 86 this year!

Dear Friends,

My favorite Christmas scripture is John 1:1-4, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

When I link together vs. 14 with verses 1-4, I always say, “WOW”! The Creator of the universe actually became one of us. That’s what the Christmas story is all about. But it is not the end of the story. 

Why did He become one of us? To take our place both in living in obedience to God’s law and dying for our failure to obey. Galatians 4:4, 5, But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” and Philippians 2:8, And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

 But even that is not the end of the story. He arose from the dead. I Cor. 15:3-4, For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” And now He sits at the right hand of God where He rules all of history. 

Finally, He is coming again to receive us unto Himself I Thess. 4:16-17, For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”

I like to put the whole story of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, ascension, ruling and coming again into my concept of Christmas. This helps me focus on the real meaning of Christmas. . . 

May you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jerry and Jane

 

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