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Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)
TITLE: The Miraculous Countdown
By Eureka F. Collins
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There is an emotional tenderness and love-tone in our Father’s voice. He converses personally with all who stand around His throne because His house is their eternal home.
Now, the Lord Jesus sits on the throne at the right hand of God, in the brightness of our Father’s glory. He expresses the image of God’s person. Jesus is the elder brother of Heaven’s great family. As the souls of God’s family reflect the image of Jesus, Jesus reflects the image of our Father. God is mingling with them in the utmost love, fraternity and holy familiarity.
Then, God looked down on the earth and saw the need to be with His earthly children. His heart was aching as He discovered the pain and heartlessness His children had to endure. Therefore, God decided to come down from Heaven to earth, amid all the storms, dangers and death of our lives.
There was a lot of joy and celebrating because God was going on a journey. All of the assemblies in Heaven lined the streets of gold and side-buoyed the passage to His throne.
As the time for God’s departure from Heaven, Jesus stepped forward and said, “My Father and I are one. I must go down to earth and be with your extended relatives. They must have life and live it abundantly.”
The Heavenly family praise God even more.
Jesus said, “It is time.”
There was a loud thunder and then a rippled sound. Then, silence. A trumpet blew from the North, South, East and West. The multitude counted down, “Five, four, three, two—one!” There was a miraculous glow in Heaven and everyone’s face shown with radiance.
The miraculous countdown transformed Jesus to earth. He was now inside of the Virgin Mary. He was the brave Helper from the far Heavens that came down to earth.
Childhood is sacred. God entered into human nature as a child, and what higher work than the training of this childhood. God is with us, how certain it is that Jesus can enter into the most real and close sympathy with every one of us.
How the Babe in the manger, who was God, teaches us that the true life is that of forgetfulness of self. He emptied Himself, not thinking His equality with God was a thing to reach for.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a good woman, and realized the understanding of God and His creation. So while Mary, bending over Jesus, waited for the coming morning. The angels sang the joyous story of the Prince of Peace being born.
Jesus was born on Christmas Day. His birth was unusual; and therefore, considered miraculous. It was not as material as the birth of other men.
Christmas time is the time when we think of the fact and of the way of Christ’s coming to us. He did not stand like someone on a mountain shouting for us to climb up. Jesus did not simply bring the ladder of escape to us, but He gave His own strength that we may have strength to climb. If we will only let Him, with a deep trust, like the shepherd in the parable of the lost sheep, He will lay us on His own shoulders and carry us up Heaven to join our Heavenly family.
Everything of the Christian life depends on the countdown to Christmas and the story of Bethlehem. As we understand this, we may enjoy our Lord Jesus, who is the real meaning of Christmas and the Holiday Season.
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