Challenging Thoughts for Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

Joseph Pulitzer was a highly successful newspaper publisher.  His business was putting words on paper in such a way that people could understand them and would want to read them.  He became enormously wealthy, because he succeeded so well in doing that.  He gave this advice to his reporters:

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.

That is what God did in the Incarnation.  He spoke briefly, through the life of one man.  Jesus spoke clearly–clearly enough that the crowds brought their children to hear him.  Jesus’ life was picturesque–a baby in a manger–so that we might remember it.  Finally, in Christ God spoke the truth, so that we might be guided by his light.

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Ambrose said, “As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image–the perfect representation–of God.”

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Now, as always, God (discloses) Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent.  We must simplify our approach to Him.  We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few).  We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood.  If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.

A.W. Tozer,  The Pursuit of God

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We do not believe that God has added, or ever will add, anything to His revelation in His Son.  But we can now see many things in that revelation which could not be seen by those who first received it.  Each generation of Christians, and each people to which the Christian Gospel is preached, makes its own contribution to the understanding of the riches of Jesus Christ.

C.B. Moss

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The Word of God, Jesus Christ, on account of His great love for mankind, became what we are in order to make us what He is Himself.


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