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Sin and Hiding Places

 20.12.12



We are reading the story of Christmas and all stories, if we really want to understand them, must be read from the beginning. So we started in the Garden. And it is there that we see the beginning of a pattern that has continued to this day: When men and women know that their sin has been discovered they hide from God -or at least we fool ourselves into thinking that we can actually hide from an omnipresent, omniscient God-.

But because of Jesus, because of who He is and what He has done, we now have a perfect place to hide from all the shame and guilt of sin. Paul reminds us that our lives are now hidden with Christ in God.


Christ is the perfect hiding place.
 Run to Him. 
Do not hide your sin, yourself, your shame. 
Come to Jesus. 
Only at the foot of the One Tree 
our sins can be really washed away, 
our sins can be blot away, 
and our hearts be restored.


This is why we can be merry. This is the reason why Christmas is good news.

Jesus, the Savior has come! 

What a glorious truth! No more hiding, no more running away, no more "trying harder."  Our life is hidden with Christ in God. Alleluia!

This is one of the reasons why we have lights and candles decorating our homes in Christmas, to remind us that because Jesus Christ came to save us, to redeem us, we don't have to walk in darkness anymore.  We don't have to walk in fear, Jesus is our Prince of Peace.


Celebrating His coming,



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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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