O let the Son of God enfold you with His Spirit and His love, let
Him fill your life and satisfy your soul. O let Him have the things that hold
you, and His Spirit like a dove will descend upon your life and make you whole.”
(Spirit Song, -- J. Wimber)
Studies during Advent focused
on the importance of prophecies about the coming Messiah. Altogether
those prophecies number more than 2000 in the Old Testament, history (His Story) written in advance centuries before He came. Remarkably, this story emerged:
In the spring of 1947
Bedouin goatherds, searching the cliffs along the Dead Sea for a lost goat came upon a cave containing jars filled with manuscripts. One of the scrolls was found to contain the complete book of Isaiah. When translated, the words were very nearly identical to our King James Version of the book, proving that
God had been faithful in keeping His word intact. Isaiah’s prophecies of
the coming Messiah had been written 750 years before Jesus was born.
“Was it mere chance that the early Christian writers spoke of Christ as Life with a capital “L”
?, asked E. Stanley Jones inhis book Abundant Living. As this NewYear begins, I
want to affirm that capital “L” for myself and share this life of immense abundance which the early Christians
so courageously lived and proclaimed. Peter, that disciple whom Jesus renamed “the rock”, wrote these words of
wisdom for a new year’s beginning sometime around 64AD: “Save yourselves
from this crooked generation.”That was written to a people adrift and without purpose, not unlike so many today.
I begin the New Year soberly assessing how I want to spend my remaining days, however many or few they may be. I lift up a
Deo Gratis for the privilege I have in sharing the faith with my Sunday school class at Brown Memorial Church because it enforces
a discipline to search the Scriptures.
Of late, our lessons have concentrated on identifying who Jesus is (not was!).The
incarnation lessons came alive for me as I listened to Elizabeth Elliot’s consideration of Mary’s humility at
the announcement that her womb would become the chalice in which the Lord God Himself would become a man and begin human life
as an embryo. The tiny fingers Mary touched were the very same fingers that created the unfathomable stars of the universe.
A single star, Antares, in the constellation of Scorpio, is 390 times the size of the Sun. It can be seen low on the summer
horizon. A fictional hollow rubber ball the size of Antares could contain within its sphere the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars,
Earth and the Moon, all rotating in their present orbits. In a splendid and laconic understatement, the creation account in
Genesis 1:16 states simply, “He also made the stars.”Elizabeth Elliot
quotes an old Scottish preacher: “Just think of the stars. They are the pebbles on the shore of the great ocean of space
and time where light swims through a billion years from island universe to island universe in all their stellar magnitude.”
“And should my soul be torn with grief Upon my shelf I find A little volume, torn and thumbed, For comfort just designed.
I take my little Bible down And read its pages o’er, And when I part from it I find I’m stronger than before.”
MyBooks and I --Edgar Guest