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Discover the Book - Dec. 24, 2008

  • 2008 Dec 24
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The Wonder of Christ’s Love

 

The wonder of Christ's love Is demonstrated in the cost of Christmas. Consider the words to this well known carol:

1        Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King.
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.

2        Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3        No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

4      He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, and wonders of His love.

The wonder of Christ's love is demonstrated in the Cost of Christmas. But that is sometimes lost by the world. TO THE WORLD CHRISTMAS is often just A GOOD BARGAIN!

“Want to make this Christmas really special? For $66,344.46, you could buy all the gifts mentioned in the holiday tune "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  That's what all those partridges, geese, gold rings, maids a-milking and pipers piping would cost at today's prices, according to PNC Advisors, a branch of Pittsburgh's PNC Financial Services Group.

The $66,344.46 price tag of all the gifts in the song includes the many repetitions. By the 12th day, the singer has major storage problems, with 364 presents, including a dozen partridges in a dozen pear trees and 36 ladies dancing. The index doesn't estimate the cost of storing and feeding all the gifts, most of which are alive.

So, what does Christmas cost the World? Oh, it is a good deal.  

  • The wonder of Christ's love is demonstrated in the COST OF CHRISTMAS: TO GOD CHRISTMAS COST EVERYTHING! He had to pay for sin completely and entirely. Consider these words: 

DOWN FROM HIS GLORY

Down from His glory—ever living story

My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name;

Born in a manger--to His own a stranger,

A man of sorrows, tears an agony!

What condescension, bringing us redemption,

That in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight,

God--gracious, tender--laid aside His splendor,

Stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul!   CHORUS 

Without reluctance--flesh and blood His substance-

He took the form of man, revealed the hidden plan

O glorious myst’ry--sacrifice of Calv-ry!

And now I know He is the great “I AM”!   CHORUS 

CHORUS

O how I love Him!   how I adore Him!

My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!

The great Creator became my Savior,

And all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him. 

What did Christmas cost God? Everything. The greatest giver was God; the greatest gift was salvation; and the greatest sacrifice was Christ’s.

  • The wonder of Christ's love is demonstrated in the COST OF CHRISTMAS: TO A RECEPTIVE HEART THE COST IS NOTHING!  It is Already Paid!

WILLIAM SLEEPER WROTE:

JESUS, I COME

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus I come, Jesus, I come; Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, Jesus I come to Thee. Out of my sickness into Thy health, Out of my want and into Thy wealth, Out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss, Jesus I come, Jesus I come;

Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm. Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm, Out of distress to jubilant psalm, Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus I come, Jesus I come;

Into Thy blessed will to abide, Jesus I come to Thee. Out of myself to dwell in Thy love, Out of despair into raptures above, Upward for aye on wings like a dove, Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb, Jesus I come, Jesus, I come; Into the joy and light of Thy home, Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of the depths of ruin untold, Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold, Ever Thy glorious face to behold, Jesus I come to Thee.

So what does Christmas give to the Receptive heart? Great Joy!

What does the Unreceptive heart get for Christmas? It costs them everything, for eternity, suffering the blackness of darkness forever and the vengeance of eternal fire. The Love of Christ compelled Him to come so all who would receive Him would have eternal life and avoid the cost that must be paid by the unreceptive heart.

The wonder of Christ's love is demonstrated in the cost of Christmas and should prompt us (those with receptive hearts) to be Giving:

All I have belongs to you,

For all I have has come from you.

Nothing I own, nothing I possess,

Is by my own hands, its by Your Faithfulness.

So please take this offering,

From a heart of Thanksgiving.

For You’ve given all you have.

 

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