Christmas Candles and Cannons.
The babe of Bethlehem would become the man of Jerusalem. The cradle would be replaced by an decision-forcing cross.
Do the following verses express the intentions of an infant's retiring timidity?
Could these verses be uttered across a newborn's lips as He gazes up from a valueless crib?
For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. ... Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:35-39)
The babe of Christmas is so much more than gentle Jesus meek and mild.
He is also about a clenched fist, gritted teeth and a rock solid determination. He counts no costs, takes no prisoners and settles no treaties until hearts are claimed; God's kingdom has come.
The great and only 'I am' ushers war to a world with a lost soul as He claims it for Himself.
A hidden child, visited in Judean backwaters by unnamed strangers trumpets this day - I claim you too!
It is time to call for war on a passive faith and a benign birth; own that the manger became empty so that the cross would become full.
Live as though losing your life, for all - the Christmas bells toll. They are heralds to the sweep of angels and the trumpets of judgement. The babe's return on clouds will be as King - for His kingdom comes.
Christmas cannons - 'don't mess with the manger!'
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Love is looking into another's eyes and seeing their heart." ~ Michael Cartwright
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