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REMEMBERING CHRIST’S BIRTH – December 26

As David wrote in Psalm 40:5, we cannot number all the blessings which God gives us in His Son who came into our flesh. But this does not mean that we must be silent. Rather we should daily sing:

In vision to His saints God spake:
From out the people One I take,
A mighty leader, true and brave,
Ordained, exalted, strong to save.
Thou art My Father, He shall cry,
My God, My rock of refuge high;
My firstborn Son shall He be owned,
Above the kings of earth enthroned.

This is our versification of Psalm 89:26, 27, where we read: “He shall cry unto me, thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation, Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”

That He would cry to God “Thou art my Father” the angel revealed to Mary when he said, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 2:35).

That He would be higher than the kings of the earth was also declared to Mary by the angel in verses 32, 33 where he said, “He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest: And the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”

It will be an everlasting kingdom and in that sense have no end. He will conquer the whole world. There will be no end to the nations out of which He will gather His church. This day is called December 26, 1988 A.D. All nations today count time by His birth. For A.D. means “In the year of our Lord.” The ungodly nations also recognize His birth!

What a gift to us then that we have such a universal King, who is now at God’s right hand with power over all things in heaven and on earth. Do not let the joy and significance of His birth fade away today. Consider and remember it, and thank God for it. It has endless and un-speakable blessedness for us.

Read: Psalm 72

Psalter versification: 243:1, 5

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Dec 26, 2018

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