Third Sunday Of Advent: The Second Five Wonders Of Christmas

Over 365 names and inscriptions are found in the Bible referring to Jesus Christ, but none is lovelier than the one found in Isaiah where the prophet said, “His name shall be called WONDERFUL” (Isaiah 9:6).

As a light that sparkles on a tree, the WONDER of Christ can hardly be reduced to a treatment of a few minutes, but in that length of time I will give you the second five WONDERS of Christmas.

The Sixth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS WORKS. How can we describe them! Wherever He went, He did good. To the blind He said, “Receive your sight”; to the lame, “Rise up and walk.” He stopped funeral processions and raised the dead. He made no clinical analysis; He brought in no specialists. He just spoke the Word and it happened.

The Seventh wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS DEATH freely given, undeserved, but effecting a lasting relationship for each person with our Heavenly Father.

The Eighth wonder is the wonder of HIS RESURRECTION. Pilate gave the order to seal the tomb. “Take some guards with you. God. Make the tomb as secure as you can” was his command to the chief priests and the Pharisees (Matthew 27:65).  Yet the tomb is empty and Christ ever lives.

The Ninth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS SECOND RETURN. “This very Jesus who has been taken up from you into Heaven will come back in just the same way as you have seen him go,” spoke the messengers at the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:11).

And last of all, the Tenth wonder of Christmas is the wonder of HIS SAVING POWER. “He will save His people from their sins,” was the message of the angel to Joseph (Matthew 1:21). This is the great wonder of Christmas: through His blood we find forgiveness and cleansing. Thank God for the wonders of Christmas!

(HAROLD J. SALA, GUIDELINES INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES)

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