During the years of Jesus ministry on earth there was political turmoil—not so different from our world today. There was division among the Jews: Pharisees, Sadducees, zealots and followers of Jesus. And they were ruled by the Romans.
Jesus didn’t offer a political solution. He was focused on turning the hearts and minds of the people to God, to forgive sins. He healed people spiritually
Last Sunday we sang a hymn that you might associate with Christmas. Who Is He in Yonder Stall gives snapshots of Jesus’ life. It is a beautiful description of our Savior.
Who is He in yonder stall, at whose feet the shepherds fall? Who is He is deep distress, fasting in the wilderness?
Who is He the people bless for his words of gentleness? Who is He to whom they bring all the sick and sorrowing?
Who is He who stands and weeps at the grave where Laz’rus sleeps? Who is He the gath’ring throng greet with loud triumphant song?
Lo, at midnight, who is He, prays in dark Gethsemane? Who is He on yonder tree, dies in grief and agony?
Who is He that from the grave comes to heal and help and save? Who is He that from His throne rules through all the world alone?
‘Tis the Lord! Oh, wondrous story! ‘Tis the Lord! The King of glory!At his feet we humbly fall, Crown Him! Crown Him, Lord of all!Benjamin Hanby (1833 – 1867)
May we follow Jesus’ example, engaging our culture with gentleness. May we obediently follow our Lord and Savior.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
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