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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 18, 2013 - More Than a Baby

By Gary Rogers

Jesus came to Earth and fulfilled the perfect plan of God. Out of God's love came the plan of Jesus' birth and ultimately His death on the cross of Calvary.

Hebrews 2:14 explains, "Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death" (TEV).

Before there could be a Calvary, there had to be a baby born in Bethlehem.

Jesus' birth was the fulfillment of God's promise. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (NKJV).

Hundreds of years before the event, God promised the Child would be born. The Child would ultimately be a sovereign ruler. One day He will rule from the counsel of God with peace established throughout the world.

Jesus' birth came with a tremendous claim. God was very specific about the name He wanted His Son to be known by.

Matthew 1:21 records the angel's proclamation to Joseph: "She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." To Mary, the angel said, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus" (Luke 1:31). Jesus literally means, "Jehovah is salvation."

God wanted His Son to be known by the name "Jesus." The Savior would be called Jesus, because His central identity is "God Saves"; He will save all who turn to Him in faith! What a tremendous claim and promise from God. The angels announced to the shepherds in Luke 2:11, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

Jesus explained His specific purpose for coming in Luke 19:10: "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Jesus was like a first responder coming to Earth on a rescue mission. He came to give His life and purchase our salvation.

Jesus, lying in that manger, was more than just a baby. He was and is God with us. He was and is the Savior of the world. He was and is God's love made visible (now through the loving actions of His followers).

Thank God Jesus came!

Merry Christmas!

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.




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