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A Reason To Be Cheerful

Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by Webers_Home, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Webers_Home

    Webers_Home Well-Known Member

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    Luke 2:8-12 . .And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
    keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to
    them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

    . . . But the angel said to them; "Don't be afraid. I bring you good news of
    great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a savior
    has been born to you; he is Messiah, the Lord."

    The angel announced the birth of a savior; defined by Webster's as one who
    rescues. We've all seen examples-- lifeguards, firemen, cops, emergency
    medical teams, Coast Guard units, snow patrols, and mountain rescue
    teams. Rescue workers typically save people in distress who are facing
    imminent death and/or grave danger and utterly helpless to do anything
    about it.

    In other words: Jesus Christ is a lifeline, so to speak, that God is all set to
    throw to anyone and everyone for whom destiny in Hell is a foregone
    conclusion.


    NOTE: Just about everybody who's ever heard anything about Christianity is
    aware that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, but what is often
    unknown is that it was personal; as Isaiah 53:6 says: "The Lord has caused
    the iniquity of us all to fall on him."

    In other words the iniquity of each of us fell on him, i.e. any name we might
    pull out of a hat, and as many names as we might pull out: that one name,
    and each name, is an individual for whom Christ gave his life; there are no
    exceptions. It's no wonder then why the angel announced not just some joy,
    rather, "great joy" that will be for all the people.
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    Amen! Praise His Holy Name!
     
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    In times like these, it helps to have something to feel good about, i.e. a
    morale booster.

    My wife and I are in our seventies and have quite a few iPod-generation
    nephews and nieces who've never been thru a calamity before. Well, us old
    timers survived the Cuban missile crisis, the AIDS outbreak, the swine flu,
    the 2008 Wall Street crash, the Unabomber, Son of Sam, the Zodiac killer,
    the Ayatollah's gasoline shortage, Anthrax, power blackouts, and medical
    emergencies, etc. So we are doing our best to remain upbeat and making
    every effort to reassure our touch-screen kin that as regards the corona bug
    and the toilet paper hoarders: this too shall pass.

    Plus, we've turned our outside Xmas lights back on to brighten up the
    neighborhood a bit and encourage folk to believe that this corona thing isn't
    the end of their way of life. It's a bump in the road but it's far, far from the
    end of the road.
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