Monday, December 31, 2018
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:9,10a KJV).
Let us praise the 2018 Person of the Year—our Lord Jesus Christ!
Society’s most stressful time of year, the Christmas Season, is winding down. The year 2018 is nearly over, and a new year, 2019, will dawn soon. At this time every year, various groups and publications feature their particular choice for “Person of the Year.” Whether a chief of state, a philanthropist, a religious leader, a distinguished author or scientist, a television or radio personality, or some other “professional” who impacted society in a negative or positive way the most during the past year, they are all still people with limitations and frailties. One can accomplish all sorts of praiseworthy, generous, and awe-inspiring feats. However, what carries the most weight is the attitude, the heart, underlying the action, not the action. Was it Jesus Christ, or simply the flesh?
The one single event in history that pleased God the Father most was when His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, went by faith in His Word, to an awful Roman cross to suffer the worst possible and most graphic death a human ever experienced, to pay for our sins. “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). It is through that finished crosswork of Jesus Christ that He is still doing mighty works, 20 centuries later. How our Lord Jesus Christ has saved countless souls from sins and hell this past year, and how He has saved innumerable Christian souls from false doctrine and spiritual ruin.
Jesus Christ, who in death defeated His greatest enemy (Satan), was raised by God the Father and is now the ascended and glorified Lord Jesus Christ (today’s Scripture). Saints, may we ever thank and praise our Saviour Jesus Christ for what He has done for us, what He has done with us, and what He will do with us next year… and all the countless ages thereafter….
NOTE: As we close another year of ministry, we look forward to serving you for another! One of our goals for 2019 is to undertake an Old Testament Survey. Written and video material will cover the “high points” of the Bible Books of Genesis through Malachi. This project has been in development for a few weeks, and should be available beginning in the first half of January. As long as our Lord Jesus Christ tarries, we aim to accomplish this (and eventually a New Testament Survey as well). By God’s grace alone, onward, higher, and faster to a new year! 🙂