Merry Christmas friends!
Today we celebrate God's gracious providence in the story of the redemption of the human race...
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son..." -- Galatians 4:4
"And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." -- Luke 2:10-11
We pray that today would be a day of great joy for you regardless of your circumstances as we all intently focus on the intended impact of Jesus' birth for our lives. With that in mind we share the following message from R.J. Rushdoony, mentor of Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips.
Your fellow patriots at the
Constitution Party of Georgia
Photo: Carolers from the Constitution Party - Cherokee County and Canton TEA Party in downtown Holly Springs during the December 22 Christmas Celebration
The Birth of Christ Our King
The prophecies of Christ's coming include a very striking one in Ezekiel 21:26-27: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."
God here declares that the world's crowns of authority will be removed and destroyed. Things "shall not be the same," or, it can be translated, "change is in process," because Christ shall be born. With His birth, this change will mean exalting the blessed meek of the earth and casting down the mighty. God declares that He will "overturn" or ruin all the world's sinful powers and turn the world over to Christ.
Between Ezekiel's day and the birth of our Lord, all the great empires of the ancient world were overturned and ruined. Jesus Christ, worshipped as God and King, and by the wise men, declared that His Kingdom is not of this world, but from Heaven, and therefore over all the world, over men and angels. After Christ's ascension, St. Paul declared that another great overturning would shortly begin, a shaking of the whole world of human powers, so that only "those things which cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrews 12:27).
Knowing these things, the Virgin Mary, in the Magnificat, saw in prophetic joy the meaning of Christ's coming: it was God's glorious salvation, the redemption of His people, and the putting down of the proud and mighty, and the scattering of "the proud in the imagination of their hearts" (Luke 1:46-55). When the aged Simeon took the infant Jesus in his arms, he rejoiced, saying, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou has prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32).
To celebrate truly the birth of our Lord, we must see Him in His glory, as Savior, Redeemer, and King. We must see Him as the great overturner, who shall cast down the proud and the mighty to give the earth to His blessed meek. We must see Him as He who came to redeem us from our burden of sin and guilt by His atoning blood, and as our abiding Lord and Governor. We must see His coming as the beginning of His assured victory, and we must echo by faith the heavenly chorus, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). Then truly the joy of Christmas is our joy, and His birth is our assurance of victory.
Taken from A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Volume 6, p. 29f