Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Christmas Day Psalm ...

Born this day - a Christmas Day Psalm

The promised One was there in the beginning, and He was with God and He was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 

Adam was created and enjoyed God as his father. Adam the head of mankind, the heir of the world. But Adam was not the Promised One; He rebelled; He took; He fell.

God made a promise, a solemn vow, that a Promised One would to come and to crush the serpent’s head. And yet the Promised One would have his heel struck.

Noah came & preached righteousness. His work saved those who responded yet those who ignored Him perished. But Noah was not the ‘Promised One’.

Abraham believed God. He left his homeland and became the Father of many nations & multitudes. But Abraham was not the ‘Promised One’.

Isaac was the child promised by God. Isaac was offered as a sacrifice and in one sense came back from the dead. But Isaac was not the ‘Promised One’.

Joseph the beloved son of the father, betrayed by his brothers yet later became king and saves them. But Joseph was not the ‘Promised One’.

Moses the Prophet and Priest. Moses led God’s people out of slavery through the shedding of innocent blood. But Moses was not the ‘Promised One’.

Joshua led the way to a Promised Land. With a loud cry Joshua defeated God’s enemies, the walls came down. But Joshua was not the ‘Promised One’.

David defeated the giant that mocked God’s people. David was anointed then persecuted, but none could gain an advantage over him. But David was not the ‘Promised One’.

Daniel was without fault yet unjustly sentenced. He was thrown into the lion’s den but miraculously escapes certain death. But Daniel was not the ‘Promised One’.
Jonah was a preacher of righteousness. Jonah offered himself so that others might not perish; they threw him overboard and received their salvation. But Jonah was not the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

These men, Noah, Joseph and the like, are all foreshadows, pointing to another who was yet to come.

The Promised One is greater than all these...

Gabriel was sent to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married & highly favoured by God. The Spirit overshadowed her, now she carries the ‘Promised One’.

Joseph led Mary to Bethlehem. He belonged to the house and line of David, and now the time had come for the birth of the ‘Promised One’.

Angels appeared to shepherds. “Today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”. The ‘Promised One’.

Jesus the long awaited Christ came. Wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger, for there was no room at the inn for the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, Be not concerned of his humble beginnings; tho born in a stable he is the anointed God-Man come to save us. Jesus is the ‘Promised One’.

My friends, look to those who foreshadowed Him; See how they reveal facets of His mission & character. He is the true & greater Noah, Abraham and Isaac.

The Promised One, lying in a manger, is the true & greater Moses, Joseph & Joshua.

The Promised One, wrapped in cloths, is the true & greater David, Daniel & Jonah   

Today is the day to sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests”. Jesus is the ‘Promised One’.

Today Our eyes have seen again God’s salvation, which He has prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles (that’s us).

Today He who was promised has come; He who was anointed to preach good news to people like me, people like you. Jesus is the 'Promised One' has come.

Today we remember Jesus, the long awaited Christ, the ‘Promised One’.

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