Bible Ballistics: BBs #121 A Christmas Fortnight-Cardinals and Christmas Cactus?
I love the wonderful creation of God: the trees, the grass, the clouds and the sunshine, the rain and snow– all wonders of God’s amazing creation. And two of my favorite things sing the joy of Christmas to my heart: a joy of the Father’s handiwork in this awesome world — “cardinals” and “Christmas Cactus”. They just sing “Glory to God” to my heart. I love watching the cardinals at my feeders, and at the window where I watch them, the lovely cactus blooming–which God made so lovely– to bring joy to our hearts. That it puts out it’s lovely pink flowers at this wondrous time of year—in winter—is a reminder that even death brings life!!! The deadness of winter and the deadness of “sin” can receive new life.
Jesus came that we might have life. Do you see it? Paul reminds us of the reality in Romans 1:16-20,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
The ‘just shall live by faith’!!! Faith in the great corner stone—Jesus!! We don’t believe because we are “JUST”, but we are made just because we have believed in what Jesus came to do: to be born of a virgin, to live a sinless life in a sinful world with a body of flesh, to die for sins he didn’t commit, to be buried and to rise again, so that we would know that it is Jesus, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Col. 1:14)
This is why I celebrate HIS coming to earth as a baby boy. Not just the story but also the person of Jesus Christ–who came for me, and for YOU. He who was, is and ever will be the only way—He said so Himself in response to Thomas’ question in John 14:5-6:
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Only One Way!!!
Peter reiterated this in response to those questioning the miracle of the lame man in Acts 4.
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
No other way but Jesus. The Lord who created my lovely cardinals, who makes the lovely cactus bloom in winter—this Lord and creator came as a baby to die on a cross for YOU!!! Won’t you take heart from the beauty and look to the wonderful creator who came to give you real LIFE?
I pray that you’ll find Him in Christmas!!!
I also pray that those of us, who already know Him personally,
will take joy and pleasure in Him and all of His beauty in creation.
Today and every day—He reminds us of His power and love!