Quote of the Day
"Matthew 2:2 adds a detail that has baffled and intrigued Bible scholars and astronomers for 2,000 years: 'We have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.' What was "his star in the east"?
- Dr. Ray Pritchard (from What Star Did the Magi See?)
What Message Did the Angels Bring?
We were on our way to a certain judgment, but God sent Jesus. Because of His death and His shed blood, we have now been reconciled with God.
That was really the essence of the angel’s message to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks on that first Christmas Eve. Part of that message was, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV). A more literal translation of this statement would be, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth among men with whom God is well-pleased.”
That is the key to peace on earth, peace between nations, and peace in a family: Peace on earth among men with whom God is well-pleased.
How do we please God? It is only through Jesus Christ, only through the way of reconciliation He has made available to us. So if we want to be reconciled to God and want to be reconciled with others, then it must be through Christ.
So many of us need reconciliation today. Husbands need to be reconciled to wives. Parents need to be reconciled with children. Sinners need to be reconciled with God. We all need reconciliation.
Sin is the great separator. Ever since it entered the world, it has divided people throughout human history. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, sin immediately began its work of separation. It separated Adam and Eve from God. It ultimately separated their sons, Cain and Abel. It was all because of the separating impact of sin.
But at the cross of Calvary, Jesus eliminated the wall that separated us from Him. He brought about reconciliation.
Taken from "The Key to Reconciliation" by Harvest Ministries (used by permission).
What is the Gospel?
by Paul Tripp