NEW COLLECTION: FINDING REST AND PEACE IN THIS WINTER SEASON
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because He has come to His people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us…
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us .
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
[1 John 3:8]
Jesus’ contemporaries were expecting a political leader, a Messiah who would deliver them from their hated Roman oppressors. God’s perspective however, was that behind the might of the Roman Empire, (and every other destructive force), lay other powers, spiritual powers—the powers of darkness; and that through man’s disobedience from the very beginning, these negative supernatural forces had gained authority in the world that had been given to humans to steward.
In this fallen world, these dark forces are at the root of all sickness, distress, enmity, strife, jealousy, selfish ambition—and everything else which holds mankind captive. Undeterred, the Lord determined that just as this evil had come through a man, the answer would also come through a man.
Christmas is about the coming of our Saviour-Redeemer.
Let’s make time this season to invite Him into the details of our lives
and circumstances—to redeem, restore and renew. Nothing is impossible for Him!
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THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS
And so He sent His Son, who put aside His divinity, and came in human flesh to overthrow the Evil One and redeem people from his clutches. The new-born King was named Jesus, which means ‘God saves’; and as He went about His ministry in later years, we see that redemption taking place in the lives of ordinary men and women, with its final fulfilment in the Cross. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that mankind could again walk free.
Christmas is about the coming of our Saviour-Redeemer. Let’s make time this season to invite Him into the details of our lives and circumstances—to redeem, restore and renew. Nothing is impossible for Him!
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