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Musical Monday #45 – Call It Grace (Unspoken)

This is a reminder of one simple truth we must remind ourselves of regularly. We are trophies of grace. No matter the chaos flying around me this song just reminds me of this one simple thing. I have received the grace of God. That is comforting. Enjoy.

Musical Monday #44 – Perfect Wisdom of Our God (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

We sing this one regularly at my church and I find the words very profound. I am thankful for the perfect wisdom of God that turns even my sorrow into a something wonderful in His story of grace.

Musical Monday #43 – Worthy Is The Lamb (God’s Servant)

So if you have followed this blog for long enough you will know that I enjoy some Christain rap. Found this song recently. Good lyrics presented well. Enjoy.

What does Jesus want this Christmas?

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” – John 17:24

What does Jesus want this Christmas?

We can see the answer in his prayers. What does he ask God for? His longest prayer is John 17. The climax of his desire is in verse 24.

Among all the undeserving sinners in the world, there are those whom God has “given to Jesus.”

These are those whom God has drawn to the Son (John 6:44,64). These are Christians – people who have “received” Jesus as the crucified and risen Savior and Lord and Treasure of their lives (John 1:12;3:17;6:3510:11,17-18;20:28). Jesus says he wants them to be with him.

Sometimes we hear people say that God created man because he was lonely. So they say, “God created us so that we would be with him.” Does Jesus agree with this? Well, he does say that he really want us to be with him! Yes but why? Consider the rest of the verse. Why does Jesus want us to be with him?

“…to see my glory that you [Father] have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

That would be a strange way of expressing his loneliness. “I want them with me so they can see my glory.” In fact, it doesn’t expresses his concern for the satisfaction of our longing, not his loneliness.

Jesus is not lonely. He and the Father and the Spirit are profoundly satisfied in the fellowship of the Trinity. WE, no he, are starving for something. And what Jesus want for Christmas is for us to experience what we were really made for – seeing and savoring his glory.

Oh, that God would make this sink in to our souls!

Jesus made us (John 1:3) to see his glory.

Just before he goes to the cross he pleads his deepest desires with the Father: “Father, I desire [I desire!] that they … may be with me where I am, to see my glory.

But that is only half of what Jesus wants in these final, climatic verses of his prayer. I just said we were really made for seeing and savoring his glory. Is that what he wants – that we not only see his glory but savor it, relish it, delight in it, treasure it, love it?

Consider verse 26, the very last verse:

I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

That is the end of the prayer. What is Jesus’s final goal for us? Not that we simply see his glory, but that we love him with the same love that the Father has for him: “that the love with which you [Father] have loved me may be in them.”

Jesus’s longing and goal is that we see his glory and then that we be able to love what we see with the same love that the Father has for the Son. And he doesn’t mean that we merely imitate the love of the Father for the Son. He means the Father’s very love becomes our love for the Son. This is what the Spirit becomes and bestows in our lives:

Love for the Son by the Father through the Spirit.

What Jesus wants most for Christmas is that his elect be gathered in and then get what they want most – to see his glory and then savor it with the very savoring of the Father for the Son.

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Just Quote’n – C.J. Mahaney #2

What should consume our thoughts and affections is not resisting worldliness but the glory and grace of God revealed at the cross. We must take the sin of worldliness seriously, to be sure…But its eradication is not an end in itself. Resisting worldliness is absolutely vital but not ultimately most significant. Jesus Christ is most important. We must fight Worldliness because it dulls our affections for Christ and distracts our attention from Christ. Worldliness is so serious because Christ is so glorious.

-C.J Mahaney in the book “Worldliness”

Just Quote’n – C.J. Mahaney

Imagine I take a blind test in which my task is to identify the genuine follower of Jesus Christ. My choices are an unregenerate individual and you. I’m given two reports detailing conversations, Internet activity, manner of dress, iPod playlists, television habits, hobbies, leisure time, financial transactions, thoughts, passions’ and dream..

The question is: Would I be able to tell you apart? Would I discern a difference between you and your unconverted neighbor, coworker, classmate, or friend?

Have the lines between Christian and worldly conduct in your life become so indistinguishable that there really is no difference at all?

-C.J Mahaney in the book “Worldliness”

This verse served as a reminder to me that it is so easy to blend in and compromise when really we have been called to be set apart and should act like it.

Musical Monday #11 The Letter w/Lyrics – (The Plumbline Collective)

This group really takes their talent of rap and uses to to bring glory to God. This particular track is aimed at unsaved family. Enjoy.

Musical Monday #1 – Lead Me (Sanctus Real)

Everyone enjoys music. This is one I enjoyed listening to recently.

Free Kindle books by R.C Sproul

I recently discovered a series of books on Amazon by R.C Sproul called “Crucial Questions” dealing with various topics of the Christian faith.

These books are FREE for anyone with a Kindle device to download.  I am posting this link directly to where you can find the books Amazon store. Enjoy!

P.S If you don’t have a kindle you can still download and use these through the Kindle app on most Android devices!

 

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