WHICH END ARE YOU HOLDING? ~ Luke 1:39-45 ~ #173


nativity.jpgChristmas Message 

December 24, 2017


          The Gospel of Luke gives a wonderful account of the birth of Jesus Christ.  In Doctor Luke’s first chapter of the birth of Jesus we find the account of Mary’s visit with cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant with the boy who would become John the Baptist. 

          Dr. Thomas Q. Robbins asks us to focus on the words of Elizabeth – a woman who knew what it was like to have what we would call a right spiritual relationship with her Heavenly Father.  Everything that God is -- love, forgiveness, grace and so much more is embodied in this meeting between Mary and Elizabeth and in what we call the incarnation – God coming to earth and entering into humanity in the person of a baby at Bethlehem as God put on human skin. 

           Listen with your mind and your heart to this message from Luke, chapter 1, verses 39-45  that tells when Mary and Elizabeth meet and talk with one another.  You will discover why Thomas Q. has titled this sermon, “Which End Are You Holding”. 

           Our teacher has a helpful explanation regarding faith that would be good for you to memorize.  “It’s not a matter of you having enough faith to save you.  It’s a matter of trusting in God’s faith toward you…" exactly what Elizabeth said about Mary’s faith.

           Understanding this is critical to a healthy relationship with God.  And, as Thomas Q. says "We usually have the wrong end of the stick.  It’s not us – It’s God!. Trust Him! 

Here’s this truth one more time.  We don’t trust ourselves to have enough faith but trust God to be faithful to His promise for us.  He gave us HIs son and forgives us of our sins.   May this Christmas time be one of total freedom and liberation for you as you grasp the correct end and trust God to be faithful to His promise for us through Jesus Christ.

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Something To Consider

God used cosmic events and entered into historical events in the early years of his revelation to mankind but that general revelation was incomplete.   Not until He came to earth as a little baby, in a humble setting, did God complete what he intended.  He revealed his will for the salvation of the world through his son.   Jesus was both flesh and God.  He entered into the history of mankind and was seen and heard as "one of us."  He came to earth, not to condemn the world but that the world through His plan and person could be reconciled and have a personal relationship with him. (1 John 3:16)   -Thomas Q.