Wednesday, March 4, 2015

God With Us

I'm reading the Desire of Ages for my worship this morning and this is so good, so very good that I have to share it with you word for word.  I can't take anything from it or add anything to it.

"In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character the opposite of the character of Satan.  But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation.  "Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross". Philippians 2:8.  As the high priest laid aside his gorgeous pontifical robes, and officiated in the white linen dress of the common priest, so Christ took the form of a servant, and offered sacrifice, Himself the priest, Himself the victim.  "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him." Isaiah 53:5.

Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves.  He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness in which we had no share.  He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His.  "With His stripes we are healed."  Isaiah 53:5.

By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen.  In taking our nature, the Savior had bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken.  Through the eternal ages He is linked with us.  "God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son."  John 3:16.  He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice: He gave Him to the fallen race.  To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature.  This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word.  "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder".  God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the "Son of man" whose name shall be called,"Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6.  He who is "holy, harmless, undefiled,separate from sinners," is not ashamed to call us brethren.  Hebrews 7:26; 2:11.  In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together.  Christ glorified is our brother.  Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite Love." DA 25,26.

If that isn't heart warming, I guess I don't know what is.  I love what we just read.  Evidently my husband loved it too as he double underlined it when he was reading it.  Read it over and over again until it becomes your thoughts, you can't go wrong believing in Jesus and that He was God with us when He came to this earth to save us.  Have a great day and lots of thoughts on the love of God.
Grandma Joan

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