God and Sinners Reconciled, 12-23-13

May 18, 2016 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

jonathan167Billy Graham recently turned 95. It's hard to find anyone who has had a bigger impact on this world than Dr. Graham. His son recently asked people to keep his father in their prayers as his health is fading fast. He will always have a special place in my heart; my first son's middle name is Graham. I was reminding him recently of a story he frequently shares:

"My son and I were walking along the road close to where we live one day and we stepped on an anthill. And we looked down and several of the ants were wounded and others were dying, their house was destroyed and I thought to myself and I said to my son I wish we could go down there and help them and tell them that we didn't mean to do it, that we loved those ants and wanted to help them; but we couldn't do it. And my son said: 'Dad, we can't. We're too big and they're too little.'

We were too big and they were too little. How in the world could we communicate with something so small? There was no way; and it suddenly dawned on me, God looked down from Heaven and saw this planet and saw all of us like ants crushed, hurting, dying, because of our sin. God said, "I love them and I want to do something about it." Do you know what God did? God decided to come down to provide for us a way back to Him. God became a baby who grew into a man and that's who Jesus Christ was and is.

So when we think for a moment about the purpose of Christmas, its God's love fully expressed in the gift of His Son. His gift made it possible for us to forever live with Him. As the wonderful verse says in the great Christmas Hymn Hark the Herald Angels Sing, "Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild, God and Sinners Reconciled."

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever!


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