Down From His Glory
Neither could I think of a clearer illustration for this Christmas season. You and I, because of our sin, had been separated from our Heavenly Father God who loves us with an everlasting love. While not abandoned by God, our sinfulness cut us off from him and we were left lost in a world of sin and darkness, doomed for an eternal hell—whatever and wherever that may be—to be forever separated, not only from God, but also from all that is good and all that is loving.
So, in his loving mercy, Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, laid aside his external robes of deity and, clothing himself in a garment of human flesh, stepped out of the Ivory Palaces of Heaven, to come to where you and I are so he could identify with us and save us from our despair and eternal lostness.
Sad to say so many of us do not realize the terrible plight we are in without God. Many reason that if God is a God of love, how could he ever send anyone to hell? The fact is that God doesn’t send us to hell. If we reject his mercy and his full and free pardon, we send ourselves there. This is because God is a God of absolute holiness and no sin or sinner can ever exist in his presence. Furthermore, because God is absolutely just, all sin must be judged—and that judgment is eternal death which is eternal separation from a holy and just God. Fortunately, however, God is also a God of absolute love and because he loved us, he sent his Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin, the penalty that God’s justice demanded.
If God is a God of love, how could
he ever send anyone to hell?
You may not be aware of it but Jesus is waiting and tenderly calling for you to respond to his love and mercy. He has the gift of forgiveness for all your wrongdoing and sinful acts and, with his forgiveness, the gift of eternal life. He’s been hiding in the shadows patiently waiting for you to reach out and put your hand in his so he can lead you out of your lostness into his eternal day and eternal life.
Why not answer God’s call today? You can do so by praying a simple prayer such as the following:
"Dear God, how can I ever thank you enough for loving me so much that you sent your Son, Jesus, to come to earth on that first Christmas. I admit and confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me. And I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as Lord and Savior. I commit and trust my life to you. Please give me the desire to be what you want me to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you for dying for my sins, for your free pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen."
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In the words of the songwriter, William E. Booth-Clibborn
Down From His Glory
Down from His glory, ever living story,
My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name;
Born in a manger to His own a stranger,
A man of sorrows, tears and agony!
Oh how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!
The great Creator became my Savior,
And all God's fullness dwelleth in Him!
1. Adapted from “Take Hold of Love,” by Henry Carter, pp 29-30, The New Guideposts Christmas Treasury. Copyright © 1998, Guideposts, Carmel, New York, 10512.
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