Manspeak


Go, Tell It On A Mountain…No, Seriously…GO!!! by Caleb H.
December 22, 2008, 7:20 am
Filed under: Devotions, Evangelism

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by Caleb Hancock

Guys, I was reading this on John Piper’s blog at DesiringGod.org, and was compelled to share it today with you.

John is speaking on the fact that the message of Christmas, that God, Jesus, became Man to take away our sin on the cross, isn’t meant to only be celebrated and known by Christians, but that this message is in fact to be proclaimed by us (like the old Carol quoted in this post’s title).

Here is what Mr. Piper said:

“For its own soul the church [and me too] needs to be involved in missions. We will not know God in his full majesty until we know him moving triumphantly among the nations. We will not admire and praise him as we ought until we see him gathering a company of worshipers for himself from every people group on earth—including all the Muslim and Hindu and Buddhist peoples. Nothing enlarges our vision of God’s triumphant grace like the scope of his saving work in history. (Don’t Waste Your Life pg. 172-3)

Many Christmas celebrations, stories, gatherings, devotionals, etc. seem to focus simply on the baby in the manger, and often they don’t leave the manger.

If I never leave the manger in my Christmas meditations, I miss the scope and depth of Christmas. The baby Jesus left the manger, increased in wisdom and stature, showed us true righteousness, and gave his life to ransom a people from the many peoples of the world.

For a meaningful Christmas season—and a meaningful life—it is essential to see that Christ was undertaking a global mission when he became a little baby in a manger.”

Therefore, let’s declare the good news this Christmas season, not just by demonstrating charity or goodwill towards others, but by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus’ saving work that is to be received by faith.

Luke 8:39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Luke 24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

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