Holy and gracious Father, You have a most scandalous way of rescuing proud people: The One who possesses real authority to assert His rights lays them aside to humbly serve and die for us. We beseech Your forgiveness for our pride which has destroyed our ability to truly love and care for others. We confess … Continue reading Prayer of Confession of Sin – Philippians 2:1-11
Man’s maker was made man, that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that the Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on … Continue reading The Wonder of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ – Augustine of Hippo
Donald Macleod, Scottish theologian and professor, writes: “How often is the incarnation brought before God’s people as their chief incentive and motivation to service. Paul urges us to think the way Jesus thought. He humbled himself. He made himself nothing (Philippians 2:3-8). He said, ‘I don’t matter!’ There is scarcely a month that a church … Continue reading One Neglected Implication of Jesus’ Incarnation
During Advent we marvel at the purpose of Christ’s incarnation. He became poor to make us rich. Here is an excerpt from a sermon by Augustine, a North African pastor from the 4th century: “The Word of the Father, by whom all time was created, was made flesh and was born in time for us. … Continue reading Augustine: Why the Incarnation?
During the Advent season, we remember that it was real flesh that Christ took; not the image of a body, but a true body. In the creation, man was made in God’s image; in the incarnation God was made in man’s image. Was there no other way for the restoring of fallen man but … Continue reading Why did the incarnation of Jesus Christ take place?
We all have difficulty relinquishing things that we cherish. I still remember my first ten-speed bicycle. It was a fully-equipped, Schwinn beauty that I received as a Christmas present. Not long after I received it, I allowed a friend to borrow it for a quick ride. She then proceeded to get hit by a car, … Continue reading Advent Devotional 2: Relinquishing Riches to Make Us Rich
During Advent we remember and celebrate Jesus’s first coming when “the Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity). We also look forward to our Lord’s second coming when He fully establishes His peaceable kingdom. To grasp more fully the magnitude of Advent, we want to … Continue reading Advent Devotional #1: A Riches to Rags Story