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Encourage0gram December 7, 2018

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram December 7, 2018
 
Merry Mighty Christmas to you!
In verse four of the song, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Charles Wesley gives us an invitation to believe on the One born in Bethlehem.
Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving pow’r,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

The opening lines are rich in prophetic imagery. 
Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;

The title the desire of nations is found in Haggai.
NIV Haggai 2:6 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, ' says the LORD Almighty.
The glory of God was seen in the temple when baby Jesus entered it!  All the nations of the world will bow down to Him and give Him their treasures!  He is the One they desire even if they do not recognize Him. 
John gave us a grand invitation in Revelation 3:20
NIV Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

This is the first prophecy of Jesus’ coming to earth.  This promise was given to Satan.
NIV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Jesus is the Seed of the woman who will defeat Satan.  Yes, the devil did strike His heel during His lifetime in the wilderness and at the cross.  But after the resurrection Jesus made a public spectacle of Satan!  He disarmed our Enemy once and for all
 
The final words in this verse describe the sanctifying process in the Christian life.
Now display Thy saving pow’r,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

This sounds like the beautiful description of our union with Christ in His words calling us to abide in Him.
John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
 
As we go forth today, let us rejoice that every person we meet needs the Savior.  We are His ambassadors sent out into this world to invite all to trust in the Babe born in Bethlehem.
 
Your Servant
Pastor Rick

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