My sister-in-law sent this out in her annual Christmas greeting. It so aptly expresses what God has done for us. I say Amen and AMEN!
A Good Will Offering
I was listening to a song that caused me to go back and read what the angels said:
"Peace on earth and good will toward men."
I was thinking we all love good will done toward us. We enjoy giving good will to others. Sometimes words are said in such a way we hear it differently. This morning was one of those times. Our heavenly Father, God of all creation, who watched His holy creation marred by sin, in the fullness of time sent us Messiah, very Son of God, a good will offering. In Jesus, God the Father says, "I have a new life to give you and that life is in my Son. Believe in Him, trust He forgives and cleanses and makes all things new." This is an amazing thing, this reconciliation. For those of us who have believed we take it for granted. We forget to pause and worship and remember how loved we are. We often worry instead of trust. We get busy and forget to bow low and look high. There, seated on a throne no man can overthrow, is Son of God, Savior, Lord of the universe. The One by whom, for whom, and through whom all things were created. There, the One who overcame all was granted a throne with all power and authority. There, where He is proclaimed to have a face shining like the sun at full strength and a voice like the sound of many waters, men fall down. They, with one voice say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty who was and who is and who is to come." And they cast crowns and proclaim, "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God to receive glory anhonor and power; for Thou did create all things and because of Thy will they existed and were created." For HIS will, and HIS glory ALL things-- us, nature, stars and sky, explain and exalt our God. Praise HIM! Worship HIM! Adore HIM!