Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday on Thursday! Merry Christmas!
Despite the fact that the historical origins of Christmas are biblically suspect, much of the world pauses at least superficially to consider and acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ. I think a daily, personal, and practical daily encounter is preferable; however, while our attention is focused on the birth of Jesus, consider this prophecy concerning him,
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
This child was given to us, the greatest gift: a Heavenly Father's gift of His best.
He is the ultimate political remedy: the government will be on his shoulders: all other shoulders are inadequate. Sorry.
He alone is able to provide the personal, deep, meaningful Counsel we each need. He is a Wonderful Counselor.
He alone is able to "Get 'er done!" He is the Mighty God.
He alone is able to be the perfect father (protector, provider, friend), who never dies, that each of us longs for. He is the Everlasting Father.
And ultimately he alone can bring about personal, social, international, world-wide, and perpetual peace. He is the Prince of Peace.
Pascal the French mystic asked, "What is the One thing, which being known, all else can be known?"
The New Testament offers an answer, "Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
(Pictures were taken last week at a Palm Springs Farmers' Market)