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Title: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on July 16, 2007, 01:12:00 PM
Unto You a Saviour


Listen to  Unto You a Saviour

 






     The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God. 
     The angels had wondered at the glorious plan of redemption. They watched to see how the people of God would receive His Son, clothed in the garb of humanity. Angels came to the land of the chosen people. Other nations were dealing in fables and worshiping false gods. To the land where the glory of God had been revealed, and the light of prophecy had shone, the angels came. They came unseen to Jerusalem, to the appointed expositors of the Sacred Oracles, and the ministers of God's house. Already to Zacharias the priest, as he ministered before the altar, the nearness of Christ's coming had been announced. Already the forerunner was born, his mission attested by miracle and prophecy. The tidings of his birth and the wonderful significance of his mission had been spread abroad. Yet Jerusalem was not preparing to welcome her Redeemer.
     With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent. 
     Angels attend Joseph and Mary as they journey from their home in Nazareth to the city of David. The decree of imperial Rome for the enrollment of the peoples of her vast dominion has extended to the dwellers among the hills of Galilee. As in old time Cyrus was called to the throne of the world's empire that he might set free the captives of the Lord, so Caesar Augustus is made the agent for the fulfillment of God's purpose in bringing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem. She is of the lineage of David, and the Son of David must be born in David's city. Out of Bethlehem, said the prophet, "shall He come forth . . . that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin. But in the city of their royal line, Joseph and Mary are unrecognized and unhonored. Weary and homeless, they traverse the entire length of the narrow street, from the gate of the city to the eastern extremity of the town, vainly seeking a resting place for the night. There is no room for them at the crowded inn. In a rude building where the beasts are sheltered, they at last find refuge, and here the Redeemer of the world is born.
     Men know it not, but the tidings fill heaven with rejoicing. With a deeper and more tender interest the holy beings from the world of light are drawn to the earth. The whole world is brighter for His presence. Above the hills of Bethlehem are gathered an innumerable throng of angels. They wait the signal to declare the glad news to the world. Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by. 
     God declares, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine. 
     In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David's throne. "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
     At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. "This shall be a sign unto you," he says; "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." 
     The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,--

                 "Glory to God in the highest,
                  And on earth peace, good will toward men." 
 
     Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Revelation 19:6. 
     As the angels disappeared, the light faded away, and the shadows of night once more fell on the hills of Bethlehem. But the brightest picture ever beheld by human eyes remained in the memory of the shepherds. "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."   
     Departing with great joy, they made known the things they had seen and heard. "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God." 
     Heaven and earth are no wider apart today than when shepherds listened to the angels' song. Humanity is still as much the object of heaven's solicitude as when common men of common occupations met angels at noonday, and talked with the heavenly messengers in the vineyards and the fields. To us in the common walks of life, heaven may be very near. Angels from the courts above will attend the steps of those who come and go at God's command. 
     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 16, 2007, 02:58:00 PM
No matter how many times I try to comprehend it, I can't. He could have blotted us out, but He didn't. He could have remained in heaven, but He didn't. What a thought that He would leave That Place for us .. it is unimaginable.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 16, 2007, 03:07:00 PM
... the angels were watching

The angels had wondered at the glorious plan of redemption. They watched to see how the people of God would receive His Son, clothed in the garb of humanity. Angels came to the land of the chosen people. Other nations were dealing in fables and worshiping false gods. To the land where the glory of God had been revealed, and the light of prophecy had shone, the angels came. They came unseen to Jerusalem, to the appointed expositors of the Sacred Oracles, and the ministers of God's                                                                    house. Already to Zacharias the priest, as he ministered before the altar, the nearness of Christ's coming had been announced. Already the forerunner was born, his mission attested by miracle and prophecy. The tidings of his birth and the wonderful significance of his mission had been spread abroad. Yet Jerusalem was not preparing to welcome her Redeemer.  

    With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent.

    Angels attend Joseph and Mary as they journey from their home in Nazareth to the city of David. The decree of imperial Rome for the enrollment of the peoples of her vast dominion has extended to the dwellers among the hills of Galilee. As in old time Cyrus was called to the throne of the world's empire that he might set free the captives of the Lord, so Caesar Augustus is made the agent for the fulfillment of God's purpose in bringing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem. She is of the lineage of David, and the Son of David must be born in David's city. Out of Bethlehem, said the prophet, "shall He come forth . . . that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin. But in the city of their royal line, Joseph and Mary are unrecognized and unhonored. Weary and homeless, they traverse the entire length of the narrow street, from the gate of the city to the eastern extremity of the town, vainly seeking a resting place for the night. There is no room for them at the crowded inn. In a rude building where the beasts are sheltered, they at last find refuge, and here the Redeemer of the world is born.  

    Men know it not, but the tidings fill heaven with rejoicing. With a deeper and more tender interest the holy beings from the world of light are drawn to the earth. The whole world is brighter for His presence. Above the hills of Bethlehem are gathered an innumerable throng of angels. They wait the signal to declare the glad news to the world. Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by.  

    God declares, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Isa. 44:3; Ps. 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.  

    In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David's throne. "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."  

    At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. "This shall be a sign unto you," he says; "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."  

    The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had                                                                               given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,--


"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men."  

[This message has been edited by Sybil (edited 07-16-2007).]

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on July 16, 2007, 03:41:00 PM
"Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."

So it is today.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 16, 2007, 06:16:00 PM
The mistrust, hatred and disbelief is horrifying. We received these comments in response to some literature we gave out.

 

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Please pray for Kathleen who wrote,

"remove me from your mailing list immediately....you offend my belief in God."

And Scott,

"Your belief is one of waiting around for an event that will never actually occur except through the actors of the duped, both fundamentalist Christians and Islamists. The final joke!"

Please pray for this resident who called in anonymously,

"The first chance I get in the fall to light a fire this book will be part of the kindling."

And another caller, Shamon, and observant Jew,

"I am really very surprised that this is legal to send through the mail, seeing I thought we lived in a country that had freedom to practice your own religion and not be proselytized through the mail."

Pray for the honest in heart in New Mexico who are reading this book and hearing in its pages the voice of God speaking to their souls. Pray for the continued out pouring of the Holy Spirit to lead the many searching ones there into all truth.


As it was in the days of His birth, it was in the days in Noah, and so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man ...

[This message has been edited by Sybil (edited 07-16-2007).]

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 18, 2007, 04:11:00 PM
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men."  
   
Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Rev. 19:6.  
   
As the angels disappeared, the light faded away, and the shadows of night once more fell on the hills of Bethlehem. But the brightest picture ever beheld by human eyes remained in the memory of the shepherds. "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."  
   
Departing with great joy, they made known the things they had seen and heard. "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God."  
   
Heaven and earth are no wider apart today than when shepherds listened to the angels' song. Humanity is still as much the object of heaven's solicitude as when common men of common occupations met angels at noonday, and talked with the heavenly messengers in the vineyards and the fields. To us in the common walks of life, heaven may be very near. Angels from the courts above will attend the steps of those who come and go at God's command.  
   
The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Rom. 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the                                                                              beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
   
Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.  
   
The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!  

------------------
Sybil
"In times like these, we have a Savior!"

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 18, 2007, 04:21:00 PM
 
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It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

As many times as I have read this book, I never really saw this statement. It was humiliating enough to come to our world even in the innocent state of Adam before the fall - but Jesus came after 4,000 years of heredity added to it. Just unimaginable!

He came to show us how to live.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 18, 2007, 06:19:00 PM
And even as the plan of salvation was being discussed with the Father, we get a glimpse of what took place - long before He finally left heaven:

 

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Sorrow filled heaven as it was realized that man was lost and that the world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and that there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I then saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, "He is in close converse with His Father." The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father we could see His person. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and trouble, and shone with a loveliness which words cannot describe. He then made known to the angelic choir that a way of escape had been made for lost man; that He had been pleading with His Father, and had obtained permission to give His own life as a ransom for the race, to bear their sins, and take the sentence of death upon Himself, thus opening a way whereby they might, through the merits of His blood, find pardon for past transgressions, and by obedience be brought back to the garden from which they were driven. Then they could again have access to the glorious, immortal fruit of the tree of life to which they had now forfeited all right.  {EW 126.1}

    Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven, and the heavenly choir sang a song of praise and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before, because of the great mercy and
                                                                          condescension of God in yielding up His dearly Beloved to die for a race of rebels. Then praise and adoration was poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice of Jesus, in consenting to leave the bosom of His Father, and choosing a life of suffering and anguish, and an ignominious death, that He might give life to others.  

    Said the angel, "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no." It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them. Angels were so interested for man's salvation that there could be found among them those who would yield their glory and give their life for perishing man. "But," said my accompanying angel, "that would avail nothing." The transgression was so great that an angel's life would not pay the debt. Nothing but the death and intercession of God's Son would pay the debt and save lost man from hopeless sorrow and misery.  {EW 127.1}


Three times!!! Three times He went to the Father, pleading. Oh, what a sacred conversation. The Father didn't want to give Him up.

[This message has been edited by Sybil (edited 07-18-2007).]

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on July 18, 2007, 08:59:00 PM
There was a risk to let His innocent Son come to this earth. And to let Him come in the fallen nature of man!  When Satan was trying to kill him!!   He hated Jesus, yet our heavenly Father allowed His Son to come to this dark blot in the universe where Satan claimed dominion, a helpless baby subject to the weakness of humanity at the risk of losing Him eternally!!  This is love!! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 19, 2007, 08:52:00 AM
Yes! The risk ... yet He was found faithful unto death - thus the plan of salvation was assured. And after His death on the cross, the angels finally understood and no longer had any little bit of sympathy for their fallen fellow angel. His intents and purposes were finally clear.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Mimi on July 24, 2013, 03:49:02 AM
No matter how many times I try to comprehend it, I can't. He could have blotted us out, but He didn't. He could have remained in heaven, but He didn't. What a thought that He would leave That Place for us .. it is unimaginable.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on July 24, 2013, 08:43:01 AM
It is hard to imagine that there is a chapter that could bless more than Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished, but chapter four has been the greatest blessing I have ever received.

Because the days are short, I will not spend a lot of time, but will get to the point quickly. After all, the chapter is here for all to be similarly blessed. I do not have to tell others what is here. But, I must testify to the blessing God has given me through this chapter that others may come and taste and see if it not so.

 The King of glory stooped low to take humanity....
Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him.... (not anything else, wild music, exciting movies, or novels created to tell the story)

To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.

And here comes truth so powerful that on my face I was too high before the God revealed.

 The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the
                                                                           49
beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.  {DA 48.5} 
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.  {DA 49.1} 
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! DA 49

Amen, amen, and amen!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: wigina on July 24, 2013, 09:47:14 PM
Unto You a saviour is indeed born! Mankind was forever emancipated how wonderful


The Dedication
How Many voices, how many scriptures will  e read before we accept Gods charge to us of being first born? But Do we care! As Semeon and Anna held the first born of Gods creation in their hands they were thrilled! Are We likewise tbrilled? Do We feel any specialness? Are we concencrated like baby Jesus or we are just there?
Lord i beseech you to help me to know my true worth in your church, in your remnant and execute this worth so that your kingdom will come. The Times are here and I must do your work. Thank You Lord Jehovah for for granting me knowledge of the desire of Ages¡
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on July 24, 2013, 11:36:50 PM
Wigina, I pray that we are broken when we read in this chapter of the great love and Sacrifice that God has made for us.

I mentioned in the Sabbath School lesson that I would give a testimony in this thread. I have shared this in the past, but will do it again, and again, and again!  We are to tell of His power and love. What I have quoted in my last post is the most amazing truth that the universe will ever hear. I had read it many times before the day when I was crushed.

The counsel we have been given that is in perfect harmony with 2 Corinthians 3:18, is that it would be good to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes. For most of my Christian life, I have understood this truth and so I have studied the four gospels and read and re-read The Desire of Ages. Next to the Bible, this book is the most beautiful book ever written.  In fact, while the Bible is my guide, and it contains for more than The Desire of Ages, my great joy in life is beholding my Savior, listening to His Words. I know the Bible is a revelation of Him also, but I like to hear His Words from His lips. The gospels to this. But, The Desire of Ages does it better for me. It is plain and simple to understand and written in beautiful language and in a chronological order. I love the book. I use it for my devotions.  Most of the book is underlined. I really mean it.  Almost every word!  That is rather amazing considering the book is 835 pages long.

One day almost 25 years ago, I decided to read the chapters Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished over and over. Why? Because they are " the closing scenes" of the life of Christ. I must have read those three chapters for a couple months every day. How can one re-read three chapters over and over? That was not my problem. How could I stop? I was being greatly blessed. Each time I read the chapters, I would see something deeper than before. Of course the subject was God's love for me, as seen through the suffering and death of His dear Son. 

One day the Holy Spirit impressed me I needed to stop reading these three chapters and return to the beginning of the book. I was sad, but I understood that I must read again the whole book. I did so with a very blessed heart, but it was sad to leave my favorite subject, the closing scenes of the life of my Saviour.

What a surprise was in store for me.  God knows the end from the beginning. I can imagine His thoughts now. Richard is sad now, but little he know what is coming in a few days, four days to be exact. As usual I was blessed by chapters one, two, and three. Then on September 28, 1988, I got to the third paragraph from the end of the chapter. I read this truth "The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33." As I read this sentence, I could not believe what I was reading. How could it be?  Well....I did believe it, but I did not understand it. I had just received the greatest blessing of my life by reading the three chapters dealing with the closing scenes of the life of Christ. And, it is in harmony with the truth that we have received that tells us it would be good to contemplate the closing scenes. Now, I am reading that in Bethlehem is "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." That is everything! What else is there compared to that? Nothing!! That is what I was learning in the other three chapters. My mind was racing to try and understand this most amazing statement. Something did not fit with what I understood and with my experience. What is in Bethlehem at the beginning of the life of Christ that is so very important, that could compare or exceed what I saw at the end of His life?

I continued reading, stretching my mind to understand. "We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

Yes, yes, I understand, but what has that do with a knowledge of God compared to the cross?  I could not work it out. My mind continued to search for the answer to what I knew was not a contradiction, but could not reconcile. I continued with my mind reaching deeper into this subject than it ever had in the past. I wanted to know this truth about Bethlehem. "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners." I had read this many times in the past, but this time, it hit me with a greater force. Do you know this? That Satan hated Christ in heaven, he hated him more when he was kicked out of heaven, and even more when Jesus said that He would put enmity between Satan and us. Now, this is very important. There was a deep "hatred" that Satan had towards Jesus. My mind grasped this as I read the next sentence.

"Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity." Now, have you considered this? God knew what danger lay ahead for His innocent Son, as a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. Have you thought on this? How would you like to place your child in that situation? Willingly when you did not have to? My mind was seeing something I had never grasped before. It was not the love of Jesus that I was seeing, but the love of my heavenly Father for me! He let His innocent Son come to this dark spot of the universe, where Satan claimed dominion, and He let Him come in the "likeness of sinful flesh." Now, listen to the rest for it has not ceased opening our minds to this most important truth.

"He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss." Did you know this? We understand that Jesus could have sinned. He could have failed. But, what are we being told here? It is more than the simple truth that Jesus could have failed in His mission to save us. No, it is so much more than that! If He had failed, in coming to this world where Satan claimed dominion and hated Him with a passion we cannot imagine, coming a helpless babe subject to our weaknesses, if He had failed, there would have been an "eternal loss"!!!  My mind grasped it!! And even now I sorrow and am so very pained over what our heavenly Father knew when He let Jesus come to save us. The "eternal loss" that is being shared here is the loss of Jesus to His Father. They would have been eternally separated!! That is the eternal loss that God the Father risked when He let His innocent Son come to this dark world.

I knew what I had read. The Holy Spirit opened my mind so that I understood perfectly what had been written. There no doubt in my mind that our heavenly Father suffered greatly when He let Jesus come, a helpless babe subject to our weaknesses. But, just to make sure I understood, and that you do also, the chapter continues with one last chapter that states the issue so plainly that none need wonder what had been said. If you are a father or a mother, you will understand this lat paragraph in a way that others cannot.

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones."

There is it! For a certainty, I knew what God had shown me. What was my reaction? It is best stated with the closing sentence. "'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"

I fell on my knees asking God to forgive me my sins. Before I had finished my request, the answer had come back "I do". That broke my heart even more and I fell on my face, asking God again to forgive my sins. Before I could finish, the answer came back "I do."  Oh....such love!!!! I was too high before my God. I tried to push my face into the floor, asking God to forgive my sins. Before I could finish the answer came back, "I do."   

In today's Sabbath School lesson we are studying witnessing and the blessing it is for those who do it. I had shared that what we say works on ourselves as well as on others. I want to testify that at this moment, the blessing is mine. By sharing what God showed me, how much He loves us, the great risk He took, even though it was 25 years ago, I relived that experience. It is as if it was just yesterday! My heart is broken as I consider how much He loves me, how much He loves you!! What a risk our heavenly Father took in letting Jesus come to this world a helpless babe, subject our weaknesses, to fight the battle as we have to fight it, at the risk of being eternally separated from Him. And, it was into this world where Satan claimed dominion that Jesus came! Herein is love. Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

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Post by: Mimi on July 25, 2013, 03:51:04 AM
God gave you an experience, profound and holy. I want to say more but the moment requires silence as I contemplate the holiness of it.
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Post by: wigina on July 25, 2013, 03:09:16 PM
Thank you Richard for sharing all that. If there is something that amazes me is the love of God. l Discovered the same truth when I was reading the four gospels someone a Muslim had challenged me on the timing that seemed contradictory between the captivity and the death. as I, applied myself to discovering that truth,, whathit me most is that Jesus actually feared the tribulation and asked the father to remove the cup but that was not to be and soon he, was left on his own. He feared to be in the hands of the devil without the father's protection. He knew the devil relished it and hard a bone to settle. AsI read Richard's post i recognise that what Jesus saw coming during the time that he was not under grace was overwhelming. Jesus himself doubted if he could make Elijah and Moses had to be summoned to give their experience it was a solemn moment when the creatortook strength from his creation from their experience!, Once I asked our Sabbath school class if they realized whatGod was l losing if Jesus failed, do we here understand do we try to fathom what the none fallen worlds were waiting to see? God losing His creating power think about it;
John 1:1-3: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The almighty risked losing His word? just for me! Sometimes i feel so much shame when I, think of this tears always come to my e eyes for such Love will never be.
Thank you Jehovah for this selfless love., take me my father and use me add you please for my life and meagre testimony is nothing compared to what you risked for me you are worthy of my praise a zillion zillion zillion times without end! I Love you and adore you my father please wash away my iniquity. cleanse my ? heart and make me whole. Please Lord God I tremble at the thought of being in the presence of an everlasting fire! And yet I long to be in your everlasting consuming fire when my heart is upright and I fear no more for your righteousness will be in me!
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Post by: Mimi on July 25, 2013, 03:33:01 PM
Amen, again! Amen.
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Post by: wigina on July 25, 2013, 07:34:39 PM
Angels light the city of David and yet the teachers of the law are ignorant of the fact. How sad to be ordered by a usurper of the throne to search for the real King! The glory of the angels can not be revealed to the impure heart yet it faints and dies. Is this also Assn admonition to us?
The haughtiness of the Jewish leaders reveal their ignorance of Gods law and the scripture. For the Lord warns us not to despise our brethren for all mankind is created in the image of God. The one we despise might be the one favoured by the Lord God. And what then willwe say on that say when we inherit the Kingdom together.
Ezekiel 16:60-63: 60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. 62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD: 63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

The prophet keeps on reminding me not to be haughty against the other churches for I might be ashamed when the Lord concerts them and gives them a place in His eternal kingdom. Let us heed the warning for there is no shame where weare going soon!
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Post by: Dorine on July 26, 2013, 07:58:04 AM
Richard I have been very humbled by your testimony. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 27, 2013, 01:46:32 PM
Richard I have been very humbled by your testimony. Thank you so much for sharing.

Amen, Dorine. How could anyone who has any discernment not be humbled that our God would risk His innocent Son in such a manner, for a despised race of sinners such as us. Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!! How we need to remember this daily. God loves us!! What value He has placed upon us!!!
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 23, 2016, 09:16:59 AM
This chapter contains truth that has moved me more than anything I have ever read or heard in my life. If after prayerfully reading this chapter, you have not seen grace, then pray more and read it again. It is appropriate that this chapter comes up on God's Sabbath Day. It is an amazing thing to be able to say this after reading the chapters Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished daily for over three months. The blessings each day were great, but did not compare to what I saw when I began reading from the beginning of the book and reached this chapter. I look forwarded to sharing my testimony later today. May God grant to each of you reading this chapter an extra measure of His Spirit that you might be moved by His grace.
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Post by: colporteur on January 23, 2016, 05:21:44 PM
We can grasp so little of what it meant for Jesus to stoop and then only as God can reveal it to us. Since we can only grasp a little of heaven we can only grasp a little of what it meant for Christ to leave it and come down and take upon Himself humanity.

We through experience know of the depths of sin. Though we know something of our Savior and His glory we haven't seen the half of it yet. Only a little. We will far better appreciate what Jesus has done when we, through experience, physically enter heaven, and are able to better realize what He left and what He would have left forever for us, if it were required of Him. Maybe only then will we really understand the love of Christ.

And maybe then, as the pages of eternity keep turning through timelessness, as we come continually closer to entering into a knowledge of the relationship between the Father and the Son we will continue to learn the depths of the sacrifice of Christ for a sinful race.
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 23, 2016, 09:29:11 PM
Amen, cp.  When by God's grace we get to heaven, we will then understand how much Christ gave up for us a little better than we do now. But, this chapter reveals the love that our heavenly Father has for us in a manner that is so very amazing!  So amazing that the prophet of God said "Wonder O heaven, and be astonished O Earth!" Let's take a look at what would cause such a powerful statement.  We begin three paragraphs from the end of the chapter.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


As I said, I had been reading Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished for my devotions daily for three months. Over and over I read about the closing scenes of the life of Christ. Over over I was blessed more and more. We are told it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each  day contemplating the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes. And, by beholding His glory we will be changed into the same image (character).  It is true. Finally the Holy Spirit impressed me I needed to begin again at the start of the book. I did. And, I was being blessed, but not like I had been when reading those three chapters. As I began reading at the end of this chapter "the story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God" I could not understand why this was being said. I believed it to be true, but how could it be in light of the other statement about spending a thoughtful hour contemplating, especially the closing scenes? Now, I read that in Bethlehem is hidden "the wisdom and knowledge of God". The knowledge of God is everything to us. It is where Satan has deceived the world and even 1/3 of the angels who fell. And, rather than at the cross, we find the "depth of the riches" about God at the beginning of Christ's life in Bethlehem!

I knew both statements to be truth, but I could not reconcile them, especially after having been so greatly blessed by spending that time contemplating His life at its end. My mind was racing looking for an answer as I continued reading these three last paragraphs. As I read, I acknowledged what I was reading was true, but it did not answer my concern. Then I got to this part: "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners." I had read this many times, but had not considered what was being said. The point was being forcefully made that Satan HATED Christ. OK, that was being seen more clearly, but it still did not address my concern.

Then came this: "Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity." Oh.....never really spent time contemplating these two thoughts together. Satan really HATED Christ, and God let His innocent Son come to this planet where this evil being who hated Christ ruled...and He came not only as a helpless babe, but in the likeness of sinful flesh! Whoa.... never thought about that. But, I still don't see it clearly yet.  My mind is zeroed in, but nothing to take away from the importance of the closing scenes.  Then my heart sank:  "He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

Now, I see! Never had I understood what I had read so many times before. Our heavenly Father understood what He was doing when after three times of being asked by Jesus if He could be our surety, His Father said yes. Don't think it was easy for God to say yes. It was not. It involved quite a risk. Now, just in case I questioned what I read, God inspired the prophet to say it again in a way that would remove any question about what was written.

 The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

I had my answer and fell on my knees asking my heavenly Father for forgiveness for having sinned after coming to a knowledge of His love. Before I could get the words out of my mouth, the answer came back "I forgive you." That caused me to fall on my face, and to ask again for forgiveness. Before I could get the words out of my mouth, the answer came again, "I forgive you".  I was still to high and attempted to push my face into the floor asking again for forgiveness, and again came the words "I forgive you". Grace is more than a word, it is the transforming power that changes a sinner into a saint.

It is interesting to see how God leads in our lives. He used my reading this most wonderful book to reveal not just the life of Christ, but to reveal how much He loves me by pointing out how much it hurt Him to watch His innocent Son suffer, and how a great a risk had been taken, that might have resulted in His Son being eternally separated from Him. Yes, no wonder the prophet would exclaim "wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!"
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Post by: colporteur on January 24, 2016, 07:01:34 AM
Yes, Richard, and had the mission failed what then ? What if Jesus had at a week moment Jesus _______. How would that be resolved ?   And then , even if there was no risk, (and there was) imagine the pain of the Father just knowing that Jesus could not see past the cross to where it promised Him coming through successful. Even this part of the sacrifice alone would be crushing. We have so much to learn as we are able to enter more and more into the eternal.
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 24, 2016, 08:53:31 AM
Amen, cp.    One does not have to be a parent in order to feel the pain our heavenly Father felt. But, to be a father and to consider that desire to protect your child enables one to know a little of what God thought about and felt as His Son entered this world where Satan claimed dominion. And to think, He was a helpless babe subject to human weakness!! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!


     Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost, and the world that God created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus, and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon his countenance. Soon I saw him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with his Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with his Father. Three times he was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time he came from the Father, his person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and trouble, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that he had been pleading with his Father, and had offered to give his life a ransom, and take the sentence of death upon himself, that through him man might find pardon. That through the merits of his blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life. 
     At first the angels could not rejoice, for their commander concealed nothing from them, but opened before them the plan of salvation. Jesus told them that he would stand between the wrath of his Father and guilty man, that he would bear iniquity and scorn, and but few would receive him as the Son of God. Nearly all would hate and reject him. He would leave all his glory in heaven, appear upon earth as a man, humble himself as a man, become acquainted by his own experience with the various temptations with which man would be beset, that he might know how to succor those who should be tempted; and that finally, after his mission as a teacher should be accomplished, he would be delivered into the hands of men, and endure almost every cruelty and suffering that Satan and his angels could inspire wicked men to inflict; that he should die the cruelest of deaths, hung up between the heavens and the earth as a guilty sinner; that he should suffer dreadful hours of agony, which even angels could not look upon, but would vail their faces from the sight. Not merely agony of body would he suffer; but mental agony, that with which bodily suffering could in no wise be compared. The weight of the sins of the whole world would be upon him. He told them he would die and rise again the third day, and should ascend to his Father to intercede for wayward, guilty man. 
     The angels prostrated themselves before him. They offered their lives. Jesus said to them that he should by his death save many; that the life of an angel could not pay the debt. His life alone could be accepted of his Father as a ransom for man.
     Jesus also told them that they should have a part to act, to be with him, and at different times strengthen him. That he should take man's fallen nature, and his strength would not be even equal with theirs. And they should be witnesses of his humiliation and great sufferings. And as they should witness his sufferings, and the hate of men towards him, they would be stirred with the deepest emotions, and through their love for him, would wish to rescue, and deliver him from his murderers; but that they must not interfere to prevent anything they should behold; and that they should act a part in his resurrection; that the plan of salvation was devised, and his Father had accepted the plan.   
     With a holy sadness Jesus comforted and cheered the angels, and informed them that hereafter those whom he should redeem would be with him, and ever dwell with him; and that by his death he should ransom many, and destroy him who had the power of death. And his Father would give him the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, and he should possess it forever and ever. Satan and sinners should be destroyed, never more to disturb heaven, or the purified, new earth. Jesus bid the heavenly host be reconciled to the plan that his Father accepted, and rejoice that fallen man could be exalted again through his death, to obtain favor with God and enjoy heaven.
     Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. And the heavenly host sung a song of praise and adoration. They touched their harps and sung a note higher than they had done before, for the great mercy and condescension of God in yielding up his dearly Beloved to die for a race of rebels. Praise and adoration were poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice of Jesus; that he would consent to leave the bosom of his Father, and choose a life of suffering and anguish, and die an ignominious death to give life to others. 
     Said the angel, Think ye that the Father yielded up his dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no. It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give his beloved Son to die for them. Angels were so interested for man's salvation that there could be found among them those who would yield their glory, and give their life for perishing man. But, said my accompanying angel, That would avail nothing. The transgression was so great that an angel's life would not pay the debt. Nothing but the death and intercessions of his Son would pay the debt, and save lost man from hopeless sorrow and misery.  1SG 26. 

It was not easy for God to put into place the plan of salvation, but out of love for us while we were yet sinners and in order to assure sin would perish and the universe would one day be at peace, He agreed with Jesus to do it. Three times Jesus pleaded with Him!!! Prayerfully meditate on this.
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 22, 2016, 10:58:19 AM
We are saved by grace through faith. Wonder O heavens and be astonished at the grace revealed in this revelation of grace!
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 18, 2016, 07:02:48 AM
     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 18, 2016, 07:25:52 AM
I love this chapter and how Jesus is willing to pour His love and love and light on the thirsty! I thirst for Jesus!


     God declares, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine. 
     
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Post by: Richard Myers on October 13, 2016, 06:30:14 AM
I wonder if many who have read this statement, understand why it is so true?  " It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones."

It is often quoted. Well, I often quote it, maybe in some parts of the world, it is not often quoted. But, I think the Holy Spirit has made sure that Seventh-day Adventists from around the world have heard it, because it is of such great importance. Those who study their Bibles have heard the principle put forward in a number of ways. Those who study the Spirit of Prophecy have read it in The Desire of Ages and in other works.
 
Why is it so important? Let's read it in context.

     It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.   
     As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. If we are Christ's, our sweetest thoughts will be of Him. We shall love to talk of Him; and as we speak to one another of His love, our hearts will be softened by divine influences. Beholding the beauty of His character, we shall be "changed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18.  DA 83.

Keeping this in mind, what would cause a modern day prophet of God to utter these words:

"Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

Are they not profound? That even the heavens would be astonished? What was revealed that such a statement would proceed from the mouth of the prophet? It is found in today's reading. The chapter closes with it. May our eyes be opened, as a people, to this most wonderful and astonishing truth.

   The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 13, 2016, 07:08:25 AM
Amen, Richard! Those last three paragraphs the Lord has helped me to compose into songs, and I am in the process of memorizing them. I find myself more and more reflecting upon those very words. They reveal the love of our Heavenly Father--the risk that He took in sending Jesus to our dark, sin-infested world where Satan claims dominion. Yet you and I, and all who profess the name of Christ and even call ourselves Seventh-day Adventists will not experience this amazing love if we do not choose to behold it. I am reminded of the situation in the wilderness when the Israelites were being bitten by serpents, on account of their sin and murmuring. God raised up a remedy in that uplifted serpent, which represents Jesus. But only those who looked were made whole. Life can only come through beholding, contemplating, appreciating, fully surrendering, and continually being connected to Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. When such a connection is thus formed, it is to be continued by a living faith, a faith that is revealed in all of the fruits of the Spirit so that not one is missing. As I read this chapter again today, I am reminded how deeply I need Jesus. Our need is great, but God's love is so infinite! Let us behold it and also wonder!

Let us pray that God will save us and each of His people from the terrible sin of indifference and unbelief, from rejecting the strongest rays of light that have ever been shining:

With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent. 

As we unitedly behold the loveliness of Jesus, we too can seek God and earnestly desire heaven's aid in beholding and being transformed by Jesus. He can help us not just to spend the "thoughtful hour" to start our day, but He can help us by His Spirit to keep from letting our mind wander away from Him, and thus sin against Him by separating from Him. Here is where we need to watch, to strive, to pray--that we will never choose another master, for we are always free to do this. I find that the four-fold attack on our thought-life is a helpful reminder of where the great controversy rages in our own lives, and how much we need to have the heart filled, softened, and continually subdued by Jesus' abiding presence.

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of others, or your own faults and imperfections—to any or all of these he will seek to divert the mind. Do not be misled by his devices. Many who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. We should not make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you have committed to Him. If you will leave yourself in His hands, He will bring you off more than conqueror through Him that has loved you. {SC 71.2}

And we realize that it is sinful to allow our mind to wander away from Jesus, for this leads to a separation of the soul from Christ, and only when we are connected to Christ do we have life!

In our association with one another, we should take heed lest we forget Jesus, and pass along unmindful that He is not with us. When we become absorbed in worldly things so that we have no thought for Him in whom our hope of eternal life is centered, we separate ourselves from Jesus and from the heavenly angels. These holy beings cannot remain where the Saviour's presence is not desired, and His absence is not marked. This is why discouragement so often exists among the professed followers of Christ. {DA 83.2}

If we are separated from Jesus, then we need to respond to the counsel of the True Witness, and realize our sinful neglect and open the heart's door to Christ anew:

Revelation 3
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Let us always have Jesus in the heart! And if He is not in our hearts, let us quickly respond to His loving entreaty to repent and invite Him in again! He does not come to us in a spirit of condemnation, but of heart-breaking love that abhors the thought of us being separated from Him even for a moment! Let us see the great controversy from God's perspective--He is more earnestly desiring to be connected with us than we are, and it is by relying upon, appreciating, and responding continually to this love that we can experience character transformation and victory in Jesus!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: JimB on October 13, 2016, 05:39:10 PM
Keeping this in mind, what would cause a modern day prophet of God to utter these words:

"Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

Are they not profound? That even the heavens would be astonished? What was revealed that such a statement would proceed from the mouth of the prophet? It is found in today's reading. The chapter closes with it. May our eyes be opened, as a people, to this most wonderful and astonishing truth.

   The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

Richard, I don't remember exactly when it was (2 or 3 years ago) this paragraph struck me with much greater force than ever before. I saw it a way that I had not seen it before. What wondrous love Christ has for us and the whole world. I remember sitting there and thinking. Bethlehem...hmmm...an exhuastless theme? Then I began to see it and I still think there much more to be seen by me. Once a year we might here a sermon about Christ's birth and that is it. That Christ would leave His heavenly and peaceful home, take on humanity at it's lowest, be born in a stall with animals with His life being threatened even as a babe is hard for me to grasp. I use to pass over this paragraph without much thought but not anymore, not ever. It is an exhaustless theme!!. Sounds like the topic of salvation and how we will be studying that for eternity but our salvation includes His birth.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on December 25, 2016, 07:27:47 AM
Amen, Jim! And we have great opportunity today, Christmas Day, to tell the story we read here in this chapter. What an opportunity! What a story!! That our heavenly Father would let His innocent Son come into this world where Satan claims dominion, a helpless babe subject to human weakness to fight the battle of life as each child of humanity must fight it at the risk of failure and eternal loss!!! Wonder O heavens and be astonish O Earth!!!!
 
Don't have time to read about our Father's love. Here is a narration of the chapter that you may listen to, and share with others.        Unto You a Saviour (http://remnant-online.com/Audio/DA4.mp3)
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Post by: Richard Myers on January 08, 2017, 06:48:39 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean!  This is such a simple truth, but then so was the sacrificial Lamb a simple truth.  But, look what happened to the people to whom the Lamb had been entrusted. They murdered Him.  There is a lesson here for us, as a people. While Israel murdered the Son of God, who was it that carried the message of salvation to the rest of the world? Was it not a remnant of Israel? It was. So it will be today. But, it will be different. Israel was cut off as a people. The seventh church of revelation will not be cut off. What is the difference?

God will use His last day church as a polishing stone to perfect a people who will stand as a bright shining stone in the midst of a grossly dark world.....without an Intercessor. In order to have such character, one must be polished over and over. We can look at last quarter's Sabbath School lesson and see an example of such "polishing" in the life of Job. The lesson is not lost on us when we see who it was that Satan used to buffet Job. So it will be in our day, our greatest enemies will come from within the church.

We know the end of the story. God has power to reform the church. He did not choose to do so with Israel, but He will do so with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There will be a shaking in the church, and the tares will be shaken out. The truth will do the work of separating. It will be a painful ordeal, but it will take place. "And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.....I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you." Ezekiel 36:23,25. These are promises for modern Israel.

The "clean water" will cleanse the church, but not all will accept the grace offered. Many are being called, but few will choose to spend a thoughtful hour each day contemplating the life of Christ. They do not know Jesus and they do not want to make the sacrifices to get to know Him. The idols are more cherished than the Savior. But, there will be a remnant within the Laodicean Church that will want Jesus more than life itself. In this chapter we will find out that our heavenly Father suffered also. "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no." It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them." Early Writings, pg 127.

By reading this current chapter we discover why our heavenly Father suffered when He allowed His innocent Son to come to this dark world where Satan claimed dominion, as a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity, to fight the battle of life as each of us have to, at the risk of failure and eternal loss. Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!! Herein is the grace that transforms sinners into saints! For it is by beholding such love that we are changed into the same character as our God.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 

If your selfish heart is not broken, and you are not converted, then prayerfully re-read these three paragraphs. Jesus is speaking to you, He is knocking on the door of your heart. Give Him another chance to come in.



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 08, 2017, 08:04:42 AM
Amen, Richard! And once we let Jesus come in to abide in our hearts by an entire surrender, we will find our greatest delight in meditating upon the infinite love of God as did Enoch. It is not complicated truth that God's remnant people need--no--it is an experience of knowing His character so well that we see sin in its hideousness in contrast to the loveliness of Jesus. We need an experience like that of Enoch, and we can be encouraged that the truths revealed in this precious chapter are at the very root of what we need to have abiding in our hearts by a living faith!

Of Enoch it is written that he lived sixty-five years, and begat a son. After that he walked with God three hundred years. During these earlier years Enoch had loved and feared God and had kept His commandments. He was one of the holy line, the preservers of the true faith, the progenitors of the promised seed. From the lips of Adam he had learned the dark story of the Fall, and the cheering one of God's grace as seen in the promise; and he relied upon the Redeemer to come. But after the birth of his first son, Enoch reached a higher experience; he was drawn into a closer relationship with God. He realized more fully his own obligations and responsibility as a son of God. And as he saw the child's love for its father, its simple trust in his protection; as he felt the deep, yearning tenderness of his own heart for that first-born son, he learned a precious lesson of the wonderful love of God to men in the gift of His Son, and the confidence which the children of God may repose in their heavenly Father. The infinite, unfathomable love of God through Christ became the subject of his meditations day and night; and with all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to the people among whom he dwelt.{PP 84.3}

I love the unity that is expressed in the Spirit of Prophecy--it is SO CLEARLY INSPIRED OF GOD!!! Enoch's own experience actually confirms what we just read in our chapter today in The Desire of Ages! The human father's heart yearns for his son--but how much more did the heart of our Heavenly Father yearn over His Son, Jesus, and contemplate the risk of sending Him to our sin-darkened earth! I marvel at the way in which Christ came--yet this infinite love is an exhaustless theme for us to behold and experience in our characters!

The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God. {DA 43.1}

The beauty of heavenly truth does draw us as we behold and contemplate the unfathomable, infinite sacrifice made to save us. Our minds have been affected by about six thousand years of sin, and yet God in His great mercy has given you and me an opportunity to behold this love so clearly revealed that our experience may be one that will bring us to sit with Him upon His throne! Do we even begin to realize the privilege (and responsibility) afforded us? Oh! Hallelujah! God loves us! Marvel in it! Contemplate it! Sing it! Speak of it! Share Jesus by falling more deeply in love with Him! And as we have seen from our reading today, God would have us to appreciate this gift--this is the essential preparation for the school above, where this theme will continue to be our mediation and study, our science and our song, for ALL ETERNITY!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: JimB on April 05, 2017, 05:37:57 AM
At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. "This shall be a sign unto you," he says; "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." 

    The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,--

"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men." 

I've often wondered what it would have been like to be one of the shepherds that evening. What gladness must have filled their hearts. While they had to be taught how to find Christ their hearts must have been more receptive. Again, God reveals Himself not to the rich, famous, and highly educated but to the poorer class and probably not as well educated. I'm reminded how often Christ in His ministry pointed out the difference in faith between the Israelites and the "heathen" that actually believed. Nothing necessarily wrong with money and education but unless we are carefully guarding our hearts they could lead us down a wrong path.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on April 05, 2017, 07:21:50 AM
Amen, Jim. It seems the more we have, the more God has blessed, the more difficult it is to see who we are apart from Christ. "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matt. 19:23.  Look at America, Western Europe, and Australia. And, those who have been given great light, as a people they do not feel their continual need of Christ.

But, Jesus knows it all and has made provision even for the rich man. The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. It was not only the poor shepherds that were greatly blessed, but the wealthy men from the East also. Why? What did they see that so many do not see today? And, what is it about the beginning of Christ's life on Earth that is so very important that we read, in it is "hidden the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God? It is the nature of Christ and the love of God that is hidden in story of Bethlehem. How could a rich man not fall on his face when understanding the risk God took in allowing His innocent Son to come to this sin darkened blot in the universe, a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity? The rich man need only take a few moments to understand who he is and who God is.

     We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 05, 2017, 08:29:25 AM
Amen, Jim and Richard! And I was also contemplating the fact this morning that while those who lived at that time saw the physical manifestation of Christ, we are reading and rejoicing in an UNSEEN REALITY that we are coming to know by experience to be true:

With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent. 

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme of the Unseen--God's incredible, infinite love! As we behold the Unseen glory of God in the revelation of His character in giving His Son to face such a risk on our dark earth, let us realize that heaven's embassy has been sent--and that we have such a precious revelation of the character of God in Desire of Ages that we can be excited about and share with those who are looking for the seen things of this world to satisfy, when only Christ in our hearts can give us true joy and all the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! This is the joy of the Unseen taking up residence in our hearts!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 01, 2017, 03:42:21 AM
One thing that stood out to me today from this beautiful revelation of the loveliness of Jesus is how He was to draw hearts to Himself:

 The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God. 

One thing I really love about our forum here as we join and rejoice in beholding the character of God and the loveliness of Jesus together is that we are letting the very thing Jesus used to draw souls to Himself draw us and others--we are glorying in His grace and magnifying His truth. What a gift God has given us in His Son, Jesus! Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!!!
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Post by: Dorine on July 01, 2017, 06:02:09 AM
There are so many thoughts running through my head as I read this thrilling chapter.
I have numberless blessings to thank Him for this Sabbath morning.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: JimB on July 01, 2017, 06:10:21 AM
Dorine, I really like all of the points you brought out. There are so many in each chapter but I too have always stopped and wondered at the last one you pointed out. Jesus did not come as an adult but as a babe meeting all the perils that other human babies have to meet. Heaven really did take a risk. A risk for who? For each one of us! Amazing!

Pastor Sean, I also enjoyed you thought. We find Christ lovely but not because of His riches nor because of physical beauty but because of His character. Who He is! And this makes us in turn desire to be like Him! We truly have a wonderful Savior.
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Post by: Richard Myers on July 01, 2017, 06:54:11 AM
Amen, amen, and amen!!

Dorine, your thought awakened in my mind that Mary knew her Son was the Messiah. But, like the rest of fallen humanity, she needed to maintain her connection with God in order to remember this truth. The lies Satan had brought into Israel did not help her when Jesus hung on the cross. The lie that Jesus had come to rule upon an earthly throne, had led her and the nation to lose sight of the fact that the Lamb had to die for our sins that we might be saved. Mary lost hold upon the truth, and did not think Jesus to be who He really was, the Son of God.

Your last thought you shared is the most precious of all I have ever known. How could we ever sin in the light of this most precious truth! Let me share it in its entirety. The opening sentences reveal how important it is.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: JimB on September 26, 2017, 05:20:17 AM
The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,--

                 "Glory to God in the highest,
                  And on earth peace, good will toward men."
 
     Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Revelation 19:6.

This morning I had to smile at this. It appears that these angels were bursting with joy and gratitude and good news to the point they could barely contain themselves. Maybe I'm a little over stating it but I like that thought. I can't help but wonder how it is with us. If we've been saved from our self destructive ways by a radical transformation of the heart then wouldn't we also be like these Angels and desiring to tell anyone who would listen?

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on September 26, 2017, 06:28:01 AM
Amen, Jim!! How can we remain silent when we understand the love God has for us. That He would permit His innocent Son to come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as each of us must fight it at the risk of failure and eternal loss!! What love!!

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 26, 2017, 08:00:25 AM
Amen, Jim and Richard! In light of how great a gift God gave us in sending His Son to be born as our brother, we may also marvel at how He was received by those who should have known Him. How is Jesus received in heart and life by those who profess to know Him as we approach His second advent?

    "With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent." {The Desire of Ages, page 44, paragraph 1}

I long to behold Jesus in His loveliness and be transformed in character; I long to be like Him and to share how much He means to me. I am thankful that the angels are helping me and each of us who are willing to open our hearts to Him, that we may come to appreciate Jesus and all He is to us!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 22, 2017, 01:56:05 AM
Oh, how I love Jesus! It is because He first loved me, that He was willing to stoop low to take humanity, and leave His Father's throne, to be born as our brother in Bethlehem! Praise God for our Heavenly Father who GAVE us His Son! Well indeed it is to ponder these things in our hearts, and treasure the INCREDIBLE gift of Jesus who will abide in our hearts by faith when we surrender fully to Him! We will know He abides in us as He fills us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, and we live up to all the light of God's law as we know it! We will desire to share who Jesus is to us--a personal Savior!!

 "Departing with great joy, they made known the things they had seen and heard. 'And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God.' {The Desire of Ages, page 48, paragraph 4}

It is a simple but profound thought--but well would it be to be like Mary, who pondered all that she had heard and seen concerning Jesus! Let us not just spend this "thoughtful hour" with Him now, but keep in constant union and communion with Him by faith as we appreciate His divine presence that will sanctify the waters of every moment of our lives!

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on December 22, 2017, 11:10:12 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean! We love Jesus because He first loved us. How much do we know how much He loves us? Read the following and we will know how much Jesus loves us, and how much our heavenly Father knows us.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on March 19, 2018, 05:57:26 AM
As I read this once again I was overcome with a longing to have the privilege of Mary to hold the precious Son of God. To nurture Him, teach Him, protect Him. To me that is the most awesome, profound thought that heaven would stoop so low as to allow sinful humanity to have such an important part in the care of the One who would become our Saviour. I want to have a long chat with Mary some day.

 "The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"

I don't know that I will ever understand it but with grateful awe I accept it by faith. I can hold Him in my heart and mind and meditate on these things and be blessed all the day long.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 19, 2018, 06:16:48 AM
Amen, Dorine!

I love how we can follow the example of Mary surrounding the birth of Christ. When Christ is born in our hearts by faith, when He abides in us and sheds forth the light of His love in all of the fruits of the Spirit being seen, then indeed well would it be to contemplate and treasure all that Jesus is to us--so we can share Him with others!

"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).

And I also contemplate the incredible risk our Father took in sending Jesus to be born in this dark world, to come and share our experience in all things but in sin, and to give us power to overcome as we behold His matchless charms, the loveliness of His character, and surrender our hearts fully to Him:

"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss." {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}

What love! My heart responds with gratitude to our Father's incredible sacrifice in sending Jesus to save us! Praise God!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on March 19, 2018, 09:44:45 AM
Amen Pastor Sean and Sister Dorine!! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!! What love!! That God would risk His innocent Son!! We each day we may receive a baptism of the Holy Spirit. One day many years ago I received the greatest baptism of the Holy Spirit I have ever had. I had been reading Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished over and over twice a day, morning and evening. After a couple of months, the Holy Spirit impressed me to start over at the beginning of the book. Sadly, I did. When I got to the third paragraph from the end of this chapter, I was perplexed. We are told it would be well to spend a thoughtful hour a day contemplating the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes. This is why I was reading those three chapters. And, what blessings I received!  But, when I read this, statement, it appeared to contradict what I had  been experiencing. "The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden 'the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.'" Romans 11:33.

But, there are no contradictions in inspiration. So, my mind was spinning around seeking to understand what this statement meant. Knowing God is what converts a sinner daily. It is through a knowledge of God that we are reconciled to Him. "Understanding the character of God, knowing His goodness, Satan chose to follow his own selfish, independent will. This choice was final. There was no more that God could do to save him. But man was deceived; his mind was darkened by Satan’s sophistry. The height and depth of the love of God he did not know. For him there was hope in a knowledge of God’s love. By beholding His character he might be drawn back to God.  DA 761.

The cross reveals that love, that sacrificial love for us while we were yet sinners. It is by His stripes we are healed. And, I experienced that at a very deep level as I read those three chapters over and over and over. But, here we read that in Bethlehem at the beginning of His life is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." I had to know what was hidden in the incarnation of Christ. As I read, word by word, I was searching for this most important truth. God knew my heart, He was speaking to me in a most remarkable manner. When I got to the part that explains how much Satan hated Jesus, this was something I had missed in the many readings in the past. Now, the Holy Spirit was revealing something so very important. It was into this wicked world where Satan claimed dominion that our heavenly Father allowed His innocent Son to come, a helpless baby. But, not just a baby, a human baby in the "likeness of sinful flesh."  It was not the love of Jesus, I was seeing here. No, it is not the love of Jesus that is being revealed in these three paragraphs. How hard was it for the Father to allow His Son to come to this dark spot in the universe a helpless baby subject to the weakness of humanity at the risk of losing Him for eternity? Three times Jesus went to His Father seeking His approval to stand between Adam and death. Even though the agreement had been made from the foundation of the Earth, it was not easy for God to say "yes" to Jesus.

Just in case I did not understand, God wanted me, and you, to know how He felt about this. Our heavenly Father suffered greatly as He watched His innocent Son be attacked from the moment He was born, til He was crucified on the cross. Why would He suffer so, and risk eternal separation from His Son? For you and for me! Thus, through the prophet, it is laid out in a manner that none can misunderstand. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss. The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"

We see the very same love revealed in asking Abraham to sacrifice his son. But, God did not allow Abraham to follow through. Thus, Abraham was given a living lesson in how, to a small degree, God would feel when His innocent Son was tortured and murdered. What a God we serve!!!!  Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 14, 2018, 02:27:55 AM
Jesus stepped so low to save us. We do not even know how low, because our concept of what heaven is like, and the glory of that place, we have yet to behold in all its fullness. I was blessed this morning in beholding Jesus' loveliness, and also impressed by how even if Jesus would have come when Adam was in his innocence, it would have been an almost infinite humiliation.

"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden 'the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.' Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life." {The Desire of Ages, page 48, paragraph 6}

"Innocence" hit me because Christ came when our race was no longer innocent, but guilty. He became sin for us. He would suffer our penalty, to offer us His life--and that life received will transform us because we appreciate the blood He shed for us. This is grace! Grace has power to transform us from being degenerate sinners into renewed saints--saints whose fallen nature can be kept under and the new divine nature can continually manifest itself in all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing! What a Savior we have!! What wondrous love! Praise God!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 09, 2018, 05:06:03 AM
I love beholding Jesus!!

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” Luke 2:8.
I love the parallels to Jesus’ first advent and to how He is spreading the light to prepare for His second advent!! God needs faithful shepherds who watch for the sheep by giving the gospel message! I am privileged to get to be one of them as a pastor (shepherd) in the Michigan Conference.

May you be blessed by these morning reflections via YouTube: https://youtu.be/KmUetJuBXyI
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on December 05, 2018, 06:03:48 AM
Thank you Pastor Sean for the "Morning Manna" video clip you shared with us back in September. May God continue to bless you as a powerful witness for Jesus. The very first paragraph strongly impressed me this morning; revealing the heart of Jesus for humanity.

"The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God."

Has anything changed? Shouldn't this be our experience also? If Jesus is our example then our lives should be humble, avoiding all that  distracts from heavenly truth. Presenting God's word alone is powerful drawing sincere seekers for truth to Him.  It's hard for me to comprehend what Jesus gave up and went through so that humanity may have another chance. Does your heart burn with gratitude this morning? I may not comprehend it but what's important is if I accept it or not.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: JimB on December 05, 2018, 06:13:45 AM
Heaven and earth are no wider apart today than when shepherds listened to the angels' song. Humanity is still as much the object of heaven's solicitude as when common men of common occupations met angels at noonday, and talked with the heavenly messengers in the vineyards and the fields. To us in the common walks of life, heaven may be very near. Angels from the courts above will attend the steps of those who come and go at God's command.

I think it would be well for us to consider the unseen. Paul says that God "is not far" from anyone of us. Let us remember this. Not to keep us "in line" but to remember that He loves us and watches over us and wishes to be our best friend.

Psalm 139
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 05, 2018, 07:50:09 AM
Amen, Dorine and Jim! I was contemplating God as our Father sending Jesus today.

What is the only safety and hope for parents who bring children into this sinful world? Our only safety is in Jesus! The way that He experienced life, and conquered for each of us--including the youngest members of God's family adopted by His atoning blood--is a pledge of encouragement that it is possible to be an overcomer, and at last be in the heaven of bliss where Jesus is now preparing mansions of glory for His redeemed!! Our Heavenly Father considered the risk worth it!! We are of infinite value to God through Christ!!

"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss." {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}
     "The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}

The risk of failure and eternal loss was taken by our Heavenly Father in sending Jesus to this world. But love motivated Him to do it. And so it is love that motivates us to have families and to share the love of God as witnesses in this dark world. Though parents may consider it a risk to bring children into this world, may every eye be directed to the life, sacrifice and example of Jesus. Through Him it is possible to be victorious in this life, revealing the witness of His tender love as the last message of mercy to a world soon to perish.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on December 06, 2018, 02:24:49 AM
What love! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!! That God would His innocent Son to come to this dark blot in the universe a helpless babe subject to the weakness of humanity to fight the battle of life as we must fight it at the risk of failure and eternal loss! Jesus could have failed. If He had, then He would have been separated from His Father for eternity. This was the risk. Such love!!  Would we risk our own child? Not physical life, but eternal life? Think about the suffering that our heavenly Father endured. It was not an easy choice. And, it was not immediate when Jesus sought to become our substitute. Three times He sought His Father's approval before it was granted.

Said the angel, “Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no.” It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His darling Son to die for them. Early Writings pg 127.

How was He encouraged to take the risk? It was the loveliness of His Son who pleaded our case.

Sorrow filled heaven as it was realized that man was lost and that the world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and that there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I then saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, “He is in close converse with His Father.” The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father we could see His person. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and trouble, and shone with a loveliness which words cannot describe. He then made known to the angelic choir that a way of escape had been made for lost man; that He had been pleading with His Father, and had obtained permission to give His own life as a ransom for the race, to bear their sins, and take the sentence of death upon Himself, thus opening a way whereby they might, through the merits of His blood, find pardon for past transgressions, and by obedience be brought back to the garden from which they were driven. Then they could again have access to the glorious, immortal fruit of the tree of life to which they had now forfeited all right. Ibid. pg126.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on March 01, 2019, 08:14:11 PM
"The angels had wondered at the glorious plan of redemption. They watched to see how the people of God would receive His Son, clothed in the garb of humanity. Angels came to the land of the chosen people. Other nations were dealing in fables and worshiping false gods. To the land where the glory of God had been revealed, and the light of prophecy had shone, the angels came. They came unseen to Jerusalem, to the appointed expositors of the Sacred Oracles, and the ministers of God's house. Already to Zacharias the priest, as he ministered before the altar, the nearness of Christ's coming had been announced. Already the forerunner was born, his mission attested by miracle and prophecy. The tidings of his birth and the wonderful significance of his mission had been spread abroad. Yet Jerusalem was not preparing to welcome her Redeemer."

/color]  Why was Jerusalem not preparing to meet their long awaited for Redeemer?---Could it be that they were too "BUSY" with worldly interests and concerns....and not the things which mattered the most....Could we be guilty of the same thing today in reference to the the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus? Maybe BUSY means - "Being Under Satan's Yoke"

"With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."


What a sad, sad, picture this chapter presents!! But lets be honest with ourselves!! How much time are we spending in study, prayer, and sharing the Good News of Christ's Second Coming? Are we preparing to meet the ONE who made our salvation possible??  Are we telling others of His 2nd Coming and how to be ready? Are we spending a thought hour in prayer and reading or are we also too BUSY? Time is running out and the FINAL BOARDING CALL will soon be given. Probation will soon close for plant earth. Will we hear the words  " Well Done " or the most horrible words to reach human ears..." Depart from Me I never knew you."?  There is no middle ground...Jesus said, " You are either for Me or Against Me. What will your choice, my choice, be today??
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 02, 2019, 05:05:46 AM
Love awakens love. As we behold the loveliness of Jesus and contemplate His willingness to exchange heaven's throne for the stall in Bethlehem as a babe, may we better realize how much the Father loves us to give us Jesus as our Brother.

I am again refreshed to contemplate God's infinite love for us, and to see how God worked all things together to fulfill His purpose of having Jesus born at just the right time. Even Caesar was part of the plan!

"Angels attend Joseph and Mary as they journey from their home in Nazareth to the city of David. The decree of imperial Rome for the enrollment of the peoples of her vast dominion has extended to the dwellers among the hills of Galilee. As in old time Cyrus was called to the throne of the world's empire that he might set free the captives of the Lord, so Caesar Augustus is made the agent for the fulfillment of God's purpose in bringing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem. She is of the lineage of David, and the Son of David must be born in David's city. Out of Bethlehem, said the prophet, 'shall He come forth . . . that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.' Micah 5:2, margin. But in the city of their royal line, Joseph and Mary are unrecognized and unhonored. Weary and homeless, they traverse the entire length of the narrow street, from the gate of the city to the eastern extremity of the town, vainly seeking a resting place for the night. There is no room for them at the crowded inn. In a rude building where the beasts are sheltered, they at last find refuge, and here the Redeemer of the world is born." {The Desire of Ages, page 44, paragraph 2}

God so desires agents through whom His purposes can be fulfilled. While Caesar was an agency by which God's purpose was fulfilled (whether he knew it or not), how much more does God long for consecrated, converted agencies who discern the loveliness of Jesus and go forth with renewed hearts and minds overflowing with appreciation for what God has done to give the last message of mercy to a world soon to perish! May we be His agents today to uplift Jesus higher and higher, as we contemplate how far He truly came to redeem us--a greater sacrifice than we can fully comprehend, but a love that awakens love in our hearts and gives us courage to go forth to reach others with that same tender, healing love!
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Post by: Richard Myers on March 02, 2019, 07:53:53 AM
Amen Pastor Sean!  And how is it that we can get this love for others? The closing paragraphs of today's reading reveals how. We love God because He first loved us while we were yet sinners. Do we see this love? And just because we saw it yesterday does not mean we remember it today. We are fallen creatures that live in fallen evil flesh. We need to remember how much God loves us every day. We must drink in grace daily, for God does not give us grace for tomorrow. Today we ought to fall on our faces as we read of God's love for us.

Do we comprehend what was written? Do we see that God risked His innocent Son for our sake? That Christ could have failed and would have been eternally separated from His Father? Read again, not only that He could have failed, but consider the circumstances facing Jesus from His birth onward.

    The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

Yes, wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth! God does indeed love sinners.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on May 27, 2019, 05:07:13 PM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"

My Praise to Jesus can today be summed up in the words of this song written by George Beverly Shea.
THE WONDER OF IT ALL



Verse 1
There’s the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.

Refrain
O, the wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

Verse 2
There’s the wonder of springtime and harvest,
The sky, the stars, the sun;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that’s only begun.

Refrain
O, the wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all!
The wonder of it all!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 28, 2019, 05:23:25 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

God took an incredible risk--greater than we can comprehend--in sending His precious Son to be born as a Babe in Bethlehem and to fight the battle as we also must fight it. The thought struck me today that if we knew God the way Jesus knew Him--not before He was incarnate, but even as He lived by faith--that we, too, would love to obey our Heavenly Father. Though we have sinned, we have a Savior in Jesus and can surrender to Him and be cleansed from sin, learning a new way to live even as He walked! At a very early age Jesus began to act for Himself in the formation of His character and He learned to rely implicitly on a plain and simple "It is written." As we learn of Christ day by day, and discover the infinite loveliness of His character, our lives, too, will be lives of continual obedience as we come to know God as it is our privilege to know Him. Sin will become hateful to us as we see the cost of sin at Calvary's cross and we realize the infinite heights of attainment offered to us in Christ as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the formation a true Christian character--a character that by living faith surrender manifests all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing because Jesus reigns on the throne of the heart!

"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss." {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 1}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on May 28, 2019, 08:46:30 AM
Amen Brother Beacon and Pastor Sean! Wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!!!  Christ came to this Earth to reveal the character of God. What more do we need to see!! Man is saved by grace. What is grace? Who is Jesus and who is our heavenly Father? Where are we to go to learn of them? Faith cometh by hearing. Hearing what? If we want to trust God with all we are and all we have, how can we learn this trust? We must first know the character of the One in whom we shall place our lives and every thing we have. In today's reading is revealed the character of God. It is grace, for it is undeserved favor bestowed upon sinners and saints. How can it be grace for saints?  It is indeed grace for the unfallen worlds, for our heavenly Father allowed His innocent Son to come to this dark spot in the universe where Satan claimed dominion in fallen flesh, not just to give us an example of what we might become through Him. He came to reveal His character that the entire universe might be protected from sin for eternity!! He came a helpless babe subject to our weakness to fight the battle of life as we must fight it at the risk of failure and eternal loss!! Eternal loss? What is that?

If Jesus had sinned He would have been separated from His Father for eternity. Think about that. Think about the risk our Father took when He allowed Jesus to become our Savior. Satan did all he could with the evil angels to assault Jesus when a baby, in His childhood, His youth, and as a man. It was not easy for our heavenly Father to allow this. He wanted to protect His Son as we want to protect our children. Jesus came to His Father and asked to become our Intercessor and Savior, to stand between the sinner and death. But, His father did not consent, even though they had agreed before the foundation of the Earth. Jesus came a second time and His Father did not agree. It was the third time Jesus sought permision to come as a helpless babe to our fallen world that our Father gave Him permission. It was not easy! And His Father suffered so very much all of those years watching His innocent Son suffer! Herein is grace! It is more than a Word, it is the power that transforms sinners into saints. Yes, wonder O heavens and be astonished O Earth!! What a God we serve!!

How many times have I shared this truth? Go back and see how many times I have in this forum. And, as long as I live, I will continue to repeat the very same thing. For it is by beholding this love, that we are transformed into saints. We need grace daily and I have never seen such a revelation of grace as this truth. I testify that it is by remembering this love that I am lifted above the suffering and sorrow in this world. God does not take away my trials, but empowers me to think of Him and what He has done for me. This is the power that keeps us from sin. I pray that as you read this, the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see what I have seen. The unfathomable love of God for us when we were yet sinners and even love that He has for all of His creation when we all are not!

    The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on May 29, 2019, 05:56:51 PM
  "The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God."

We can't begin to comprehend what Jesus did for us. Leaving the beauty and glory of His heavenly home and family to come to a place that will hate Him, torment Him, and crucify Him. I want to know more of that love. I want to allow Him access to my heart that He may bestow that love within me; so that I may introduce Him to others with that same irresistible love that originates only with God.
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Post by: Beacon on November 14, 2019, 07:46:56 PM
 "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"

What more can one say except THANK YOU FATHER - THANK YOU JESUS along with a FULL COMMITMENT of Willing Service! Take my heart and let it be Consecrated Lord To Thee.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 15, 2019, 06:47:56 AM
Amen, Bother Beacon!

Our Heavenly Father has already taken the greatest risk of all in sending His Son to be born in this dark, sinful and dangerous planet where the devil is roaring like a lion to try to destroy. Yet Jesus came, lived a sinless life, died as our Sacrifice, and is preparing a place for us in heaven; and because He did this, those who have children even in these last days can remember how Jesus walked in this life, and that God the Father considered it worth the risk to send us His love in His Son. Love requires risk. God loved us so much that instead of making us robots, He gave us free will. He longs for us to know His love so our freedom will be exercised in the happiest way possible--according to the pattern of life revealed in Christ, and individually wrought according the unique personality of the tribe God ordained for us to reveal! As we learn of Christ today, let us remember the value God has placed upon each of us in the risk He already took to redeem us! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!!

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}

If parents today would remember that Jesus has made a safe path for them and their children (not free from trial, but a path in which we will never be forced to sin, for we can always choose Jesus), they would be encouraged to go to God and find encouragement to be filled with His heavenly love that transforms and renews the heart and mind to walk even as Jesus walked! Such lives breathe fragrance and beauty in this sinful, hurting world, repairing the very gladness of the Father's heart (whose heart has been deeply pained by sin's inception from when Lucifer first rebelled). Our Savior longs to see us redeemed and reinstated to our full privileges as sons and daughters of the Most High God, bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit in this life without one missing and even more abundantly forevermore!!
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Post by: Richard Myers on November 15, 2019, 07:55:30 AM
Amen Pastor Sean!  God gave His Son to us! Forever He will be our Brother. What a thought!! What a Savior!! Who ought ever question their love for us while we were yet sinners!

"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

What more can one say except THANK YOU FATHER - THANK YOU JESUS

Amen Brother Beacon! Then let's say it again with no need of commentary.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 10, 2020, 02:03:37 AM
"God declares, 'I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.' 'Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.' Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine." {The Desire of Ages, page 47, paragraph 2}

Do you thirst for Jesus? He will more than abundantly supply the desire of the heart that desires Him! His Spirit has wrought upon your heart to desire that which He longs to impart--a revelation of His loveliness and a fresh experience in abiding in Him, that He may reveal all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing through you!!

"For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked" (1 Corinthians 12:24).

God loves to honor those who truly sense their deep need of His grace and will give Him ALL the glory for what He has done and will do in the life unreservedly yielded to Him!
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Post by: Richard Myers on February 10, 2020, 10:12:52 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. God will give us today exactly what we need to know if we're willing to follow the light. And the light has never shined more brightly than the following:

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!

What more need be said. What a God we serve!
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Post by: Beacon on February 10, 2020, 12:30:32 PM
"In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."

" Are "WE" preparing to meet the ONE who made our salvation possible??  Are "WE" telling others of His 2nd Coming and how to be ready? Are "WE" spending a thought hour in prayer and reading or are "WE"also too BUSY?  Will "WE" hear the words  " Well Done " or the most horrible words to reach human ears..." Depart from Me I never knew you."?  There is no middle ground...Jesus said, " You are either for Me or Against Me. What will your choice, my choice, be today??
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 07, 2020, 04:10:11 AM
Have you ever heard someone say, "I get you"? Well, there is good news in the person of Jesus, and that is that He "gets us." He understands you better than your spouse, your father, your mother, your siblings, your best friend, or anyone you know. He understands what you are thinking, He knows the depths of your temptations, and He is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU NOW to help you in EVERY TRIAL to find help and strength to choose what He did: willing obedience from a heart that knows the love of our Heavenly Father. Jesus' favorite theme to dwell upon was the paternal tenderness of our heavenly Father, and it is incredible to behold the love the Father has for us in sending His Son, Jesus, to this speck of a planet to be our sin-bearer and to live among us and finally die for us as our Savior! Let us look up and find in Him all we can truly desire!!

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

As we learn of Christ, He gives us new desires--a new heart and a new mind imbued with His Spirit so that all of the fruits of the Spirit are manifest in our lives--not one will be missing! We cannot live without sin except Christ the Savior abides in us! It is a union and communion of the divine nature giving us power over our fallen nature on a moment-by-moment basis! Let us realize the power of God's grace and encourage others to look to Jesus continually!
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Post by: Dorine on May 07, 2020, 04:34:16 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. My thoughts this morning are along the same lines.

"Heaven and earth are no wider apart today than when shepherds listened to the angels' song. Humanity is still as much the object of heaven's solicitude as when common men of common occupations met angels at noonday, and talked with the heavenly messengers in the vineyards and the fields. To us in the common walks of life, heaven may be very near."

I shall tuck this promise away in my memory as I go through this day. There is no bond here on earth that compares to the bond that Jesus has with those who love Him and keep Him in their hearts. We can mention 'marriage', 'parent and child', but sin has marred the beauty of these relationships. Only as we make Jesus our all in all can we realize what an intimate relationship with Jesus really means. "Angels from the courts above will attend the steps of those who come and go at God's command."
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Post by: Beacon on May 07, 2020, 06:58:06 AM
 "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

I can't help but ask myself and you also....Should we not spend at least a thoughtful hour a day meditating on the selfless Love of Jesus who was willing to risk everything to secure our rescue from the grasp of Satan thereby guaranteeing the future happiness not only of planet Earth but THE WHOLE UNIVERSE! Giving us also a promise that " SIN WILL NEVER ARISE AGAIN!! 
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Post by: Richard Myers on May 07, 2020, 02:53:46 PM

    The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 

The most beautiful truth every there was!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 02, 2020, 06:01:32 AM
When we think of the risk that our Heavenly Father took in sending Jesus to our dark planet to bring light and salvation, it can be an immense encouragement to know that God will provide for each of us and lead us in the path that leads to eternal life. Let us receive His word, His plan, and His character so He may reveal His grace in and through us!

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 1}

What wondrous love we see in Christ! The goodness of God leads us to repentance whereby all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in and through our lives! What joy to abide in Christ!
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Post by: Richard Myers on August 02, 2020, 06:30:30 AM
Amen Pastor Sean! What love God has for us, even when we were yet sinners!

It is hard to imagine that there is a chapter that could bless more than Gethsemane, Calvary, and It is Finished, but chapter four has been the greatest blessing I have ever received.

Because the days are short, I will not spend a lot of time, but will get to the point quickly. After all, the chapter is here for all to be similarly blessed. I do not have to tell others what is here. But, I must testify to the blessing God has given me through this chapter that others may come and taste and see if it not so.

 The King of glory stooped low to take humanity....
Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him.... (not anything else, wild music, exciting movies, or novels created to tell the story)

To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.

And here comes truth so powerful that on my face I was too high before the God revealed.

 The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the
                                                                           49
beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.  {DA 48.5} 
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.  {DA 49.1} 
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! DA 49

Amen, amen, and amen!!
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Post by: Beacon on August 02, 2020, 07:04:45 AM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."
 
"We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life."

"In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven..."

"Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."


Are "WE" preparing to meet the ONE who made our salvation possible??  Are "WE" telling others of His 2nd Coming and how to be ready? Are "WE" spending a thought hour in prayer and reading or are "WE"also too BUSY?  Will "WE" hear the words  " Well Done " or the most horrible words to reach human ears..." Depart from Me I never knew you."? There is no middle ground.

Jesus said, " You are either for Me or Against Me. Mathew 6:24

What will your choice, my choice, be today??




Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on October 28, 2020, 05:50:37 AM
"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life."

The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict.

To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


What more could be done for earth's inhabitants?? What greater demonstration of redeeming love could have been shown by Jesus??  We have been told that we should spend a "Thoughtful hour each day" meditating on this great sacrifice. Are we doing it?? Or are we too BUSY
( Being Under Satan's Yoke ) ?? We each have 24 hrs/day. How we use that time may determine our destiny.

i.e. A young teenage boy ask his grandpa...Grandpa how come you spend soo much time reading your Bible?  The wise old grandpa thought for a moment and then said..." Well it's like preparing for one's Final Exams."  That's something to think about isn't it?


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on October 28, 2020, 06:00:17 AM
The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

Jesus didn't have one advantage over us. In fact because of His heritage He was at a disadvantage. Yet in spite of every evil thing being hurled at Him, He never sinned. How was that possible? Only by His constant connection with His Father in heaven could He remain sinless. What should that tell us? Shouldn't we who are sinners have that same relationship with Jesus that Jesus had with His Father? Jesus was our example of a sinless life. Just because we are sinners we have no excuse to be sinning. That's what Jesus came to show and teach us. He came in love to set the captive free from the bonds of sin. Because heaven was willing to come down and dwell among us we now can rejoice in Jesus for He has made a way for us to spend eternity with Him. What wondrous love and grace He bestows upon us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on October 28, 2020, 08:46:25 PM
   The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 

     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.

Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 29, 2020, 07:10:06 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard!

What joy it is to behold Jesus' loveliness and by beholding to become changed! Then the heart renewed by the Holy Spirit will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, and we can gladly walk in the path God chooses for us because He so loved us that He would risk sending His Son so we could walk safely by faith into heaven! The more we contemplate this love in a yielded union and communion with God, the more He imbues with His Spirit as we experience that "heaven begins in the soul, and as heavenly-mindedness increases, Christ is more and more appreciated, and finally becomes the Chiefest among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely" {Heaven, page 171, paragraph 4}

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}

Little children walking the earth in these perilous last days can know that Jesus walked the path before, and has made a way for them! Parents and teachers may rejoice that they have a loving Heavenly Father who so loved all of us as to give His Son to die that we might live lives that measure with the life of God forever! What wondrous love!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on January 22, 2021, 04:53:05 AM
"With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."

This truly is a chapter of love and sacrifice beyond anything human minds can comprehend. While meditating on the incredible condensation of God to come to this sin sick world to rescue fallen man, the heart swells with such gratitude and awe that human words seem so inadequate. May our hearts be touched with the 'joy that filled all heaven' as we carry Jesus in our hearts and minds to a world that is dying without Him.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on January 22, 2021, 06:46:22 AM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned.

He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners.

Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."


I can't help but ask myself and you also....Should we not spend at least a thoughtful hour a day meditating on the selfless Love of Jesus who was willing to risk everything to secure our rescue from the grasp of Satan thereby guaranteeing the future happiness not only of planet Earth but THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!   Giving us also a promise that " SIN WILL NEVER ARISE AGAIN!!

Or are we TO BUSY ( BEING UNDER SATAN'S YOKE )??
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on January 22, 2021, 08:17:56 AM
Amen Brother Beacon!!   It is truly sorrowful that so many miss the blessings of beholding such a God!! Who could not come away transformed after reading of His great love for us while we were yet sinners!!!


This truly is a chapter of love and sacrifice beyond anything human minds can comprehend. While meditating on the incredible  condescension of God to come to this sin sick world to rescue fallen man, the heart swells with such gratitude and awe that human words seem so inadequate. May our hearts be touched with the 'joy that filled all heaven' as we carry Jesus in our hearts and minds to a world that is dying without Him.

Amen dear sister!! Some things need to be repeated over and over. This is the most amazing and beautiful truth I have ever known!

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 23, 2021, 04:03:31 AM
Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!!

Happy Sabbath!! Our genetics are fully known by God. And Jesus fully experienced how heredity affects the life. He battled in faith and love and overcame! There is hope for ALL of us!! As we look to Jesus in simple, humble faith, we may have victory and overcome through the merits of Christ!! When the whole heart is yielded to Christ, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in the life without one missing!!

"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life." {The Desire of Ages, page 48, paragraph 6}

May the sinless life of Jesus be an encouragement that no matter how sinful our life may have been, His imputed righteousness is available to us by His cleansing blood, and His imparted righteousness is available to us as we allow the whole heart to be united with Christ!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on April 19, 2021, 08:08:31 PM
"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict."

"To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son,
that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


I find it interesting, but Very Sad, that the announcement of the birth of Jesus was not made to the Leadership of Israel because of their Spiritual Lethargy., The announcement was made to the humble shepherds, who, as they sat around the fire keeping watch over their flocks of sheep, were discussing and talking about, yeah yearning for the coming Messiah. It was they that the Angelic Choir sang to and made the annoucment that Jesus had been born.

What a lesson this is for us individually and the corporate church of our day!! Will "WE" be Ready & Waiting for His Second Coming?    




Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on April 20, 2021, 04:54:15 AM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

God's church is no more ready today for the biggest event of all time than when He came into this wicked world as an innocent baby. May our eyes be fixed on Him today so that our thoughts, words and deeds are not ours but His because He dwells in us.
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 20, 2021, 05:02:55 AM
Praise the Lord, Brother Beacon and Sister Dorine!

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and realize the sacrifice He made for us--as well as the depth of the Father's sacrifice in sending His Son to be our Savior! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Let us yield fully to the power of God's grace and let it make us eternally grateful for all He has done for us and will do in us as we surrender all to Him, thus becoming partakers of the divine nature so that Christ by the Holy Spirit can manifest through us all of the fruits of the Sprit without one missing!
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Post by: Richard Myers on April 20, 2021, 06:29:56 AM
 The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!
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Post by: Philip T on April 20, 2021, 07:38:44 AM
As the angels disappeared, the light faded away, and the shadows of night once more fell on the hills of Bethlehem. But the brightest picture ever beheld by human eyes remained in the memory of the shepherds. "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."   
     Departing with great joy, they made known the things they had seen and heard.
"And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God."



The effect Jesus should have on our hearts is exhibited by the shepherds as they behold the baby Jesus, they go forth giving witness of all they had heard and seen of Jesus, and gave witness to those they came in contact with, and those who heard wondered and pondered the words told them by the Shepherds. We should be affected the same way by Jesus, we should be telling all we know with love and joy in our hearts to those we come in contact with daily. Our focus on Jesus should be brining joy and happiness to our hearts.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on April 20, 2021, 08:17:37 AM
Amen Brother Philip!  Yet, even though many are called, but few pay any attention to the prophecies that foretell the coming of Jesus. But, the wise will understand as did Zacharias.

With amazement the heavenly messengers beheld the indifference of that people whom God had called to communicate to the world the light of sacred truth. The Jewish nation had been preserved as a witness that Christ was to be born of the seed of Abraham and of David's line; yet they knew not that His coming was now at hand. In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God; yet even here was no preparation to receive Him. The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah. The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel. Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven. Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent. 

Are we not a blessed people to have the knowledge that has been entrusted to us? Jesus is coming so very soon!!
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Post by: Dorine on July 16, 2021, 07:02:56 AM
"Heaven and earth are no wider apart today than when shepherds listened to the angels' song. Humanity is still as much the object of heaven's solicitude as when common men of common occupations met angels at noonday, and talked with the heavenly messengers in the vineyards and the fields. To us in the common walks of life, heaven may be very near. Angels from the courts above will attend the steps of those who come and go at God's command."

This brings such sweet peace to my needy soul this morning. If you are facing trials and challenges you have no answers for take courage because God has the answers for every situation. Do we trust Him completely to do for us what is best for our happiness and His glory? That is what He requires and He will never let us down.
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Post by: Beacon on July 16, 2021, 07:30:55 AM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity."

"He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones.

"Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!"


Are "WE" preparing to meet the ONE who made our salvation possible??  Are "WE" telling others of His 2nd Coming and how to be ready? Are "WE" spending a thought hour in prayer and reading or are "WE"also too BUSY?  Will "WE" hear the words  " Well Done " or the most horrible words to reach human ears..." Depart from Me I never knew you."? There is no middle ground.

Jesus said, " You are either for Me or Against Me." Mathew 6:24

Our eternal destiny is decided by the choices we make day by day. What will your choice be today??

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Post by: Richard Myers on July 16, 2021, 08:10:55 PM
Amen!

There are some thing worth repeating, more than once. Nothing is more important than this:

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! 
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 17, 2021, 03:51:14 AM
Praise the Lord for all the blessed posts here!! Amen, Sister Dorine, Brother Beacon, and Brother Richard!!

You are so deeply loved. God sent His Son into our world at such an infinite cost--for Christ would yield up His omnipresence (the ability to be everywhere at the same time) in becoming a human being! Love takes risks and thinks and acts selflessly. Let us look up to Jesus constantly, and appreciate how our Heavenly Father felt about His Son coming to our world! As you yield unreservedly to Jesus, all of the fruits of the Spirit will be manifest in your life as long as you remain connected to Him in constant union and communion with Him!

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 2}

What a joy we have to be able to enjoy the love of God toward us!  Let us reveal that love to others each day!
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Post by: Beacon on October 10, 2021, 08:28:30 PM
"Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors."

"He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life. Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners."

"Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones."
"
1 John 4:10 says.."Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

God has made provision for aspect of our Salvation. "BUT" It's up to us to open the door and invite Him to come into our lives and tell Him we Want & Need Him to be "King of Kings and Lord of Lords"

"Revelation 17:14 says..."These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 11, 2021, 07:30:26 AM
Praise the Lord, Brother Beacon, for the infinite gift of Jesus to us!

When we contemplate the unfathomable, unchangeable love of God and realize what the Father risked in sending His Son to our world as a helpless babe, we can truly trust Him to guide and bless us in the way that He knows is best! Let us surrender our whole heart unreservedly to God so He can impute and impart to us His righteousness manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing in humble, affectionate obedience to God's law of love!

     "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss." {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 1}
     "The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" {The Desire of Ages, page 49, paragraph 1}

The plan of salvation is an infinite theme! The more we contemplate God's love and let it change our characters, the more we will appreciate what He has given us in His Son! What a thought--we are loved by the God who made all things and yet became one of us to redeem us from sin! Hallelujah!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on October 11, 2021, 10:11:08 AM
Amen my dear brothers!! Some things are worth repeating, nothing more important than what you have shared today!   

 The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Lena on December 25, 2021, 12:15:50 AM

The King of glory stooped low to take humanity. Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings. His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction. He shunned all outward display. Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death; Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side. Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him. The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God. { DA 43.1}
Men know it not, but the tidings fill heaven with rejoicing. With a deeper and more tender interest the holy beings from the world of light are drawn to the earth. The whole world is brighter for His presence. Above the hills of Bethlehem are gathered an innumerable throng of angels. They wait the signal to declare the glad news to the world. Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by. { DA 47.1}
God declares, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.” Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine. { DA 47.2}
In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David’s throne. “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” { DA 47.3}
At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. “This shall be a sign unto you,” he says; “Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” { DA 47.4}
The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had
given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song,— { DA 47.5}
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men.”
{ DA 48.1}
Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:6. { DA 48.2}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 25, 2021, 05:11:52 AM
Praise the Lord, Lena, for your post! What a beautiful gift we receive in Jesus! May you have a very blessed Sabbath and a merry Christmas! I want to warmly invite you to read with us and post daily in The Desire of Ages forum! We are sharing chapter 79 today and chapter 80 tomorrow! Would you please join us? The more fellowship we share in the present truth, the stronger our characters become in the heavenward way! God bless you!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on December 25, 2021, 09:24:29 AM
Amen!! God has given us a message to take to the world. It begins with the gospel and takes us to Jesus at the cross.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on January 05, 2022, 08:25:48 PM
 "In the temple the morning and the evening sacrifice daily pointed to the Lamb of God."

"Yet even here was no preparation to receive Him."

"The priests and teachers of the nation knew not that the greatest event of the ages was about to take place. They rehearsed their meaningless prayers, and performed the rites of worship to be seen by men, but in their strife for riches and worldly honor they were not prepared for the revelation of the Messiah.

"The same indifference pervaded the land of Israel"
 

"Hearts selfish and world-engrossed were untouched by the joy that thrilled all heaven."

"Only a few were longing to behold the Unseen. To these heaven's embassy was sent."

Are "WE" preparing to meet the ONE who made our salvation possible??  Are "WE" telling others of His 2nd Coming and how to be ready? Are "WE" spending a thought hour in prayer and reading or are "WE"also too BUSY?  Will "WE" hear the words  " Well Done " or the most horrible words to reach human ears..." Depart from Me I never knew you."?  There is no middle ground...Jesus said, " You are either for Me or Against Me. What will your choice, my choice, be today??

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
  There’s mercy with the Lord;
And He will surely give you rest
  By trusting in His Word.
    Only trust Him! Only trust Him!
  Only trust Him now!
He will save you! He will save you!
    He will save you now!
2
For Jesus shed His precious blood
  Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
  That washeth white as snow.
3
Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way,
  That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay,
  And you are fully blest.
4
Come then, and join the holy band,
  And on to glory go;
In Christ’s redemption take your stand,
  And all His goodness know.

Lyrics & Music by John Hart Stockton (1813-1877)



Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on January 06, 2022, 06:58:10 AM
"God declares, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.     In the fields where the boy David had led his flock, shepherds were still keeping watch by night. Through the silent hours they talked together of the promised Saviour, and prayed for the coming of the King to David's throne. "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."     At these words, visions of glory fill the minds of the listening shepherds. The Deliverer has come to Israel! Power, exaltation, triumph, are associated with His coming. But the angel must prepare them to recognize their Saviour in poverty and humiliation. "This shall be a sign unto you," he says; "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

As we wait and watch for the coming of our Savior to this earth once more we have confidence and assurance that Angels attend us as they did the Shepherds that night. There is no entertainment stage that can compare to the glory and majesty, they witnessed and the joy and thrill they felt. God's word is available all over the world but how many take the time to understand the beautiful story of Jesus and what He has done and is doing for everyone who believes and follows Him. May we ever cling to Jesus so the light of His glory never dims and cause others to lose hope and give up.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on January 06, 2022, 07:01:49 AM
Amen!! What a message we have to take to a world soon to perish! What a wonderful Christmas message we had to share!! How sad that many to whom Jesus came recognized Him not! So it is today. How many understand how our heavenly Father suffered as He risked losing His Son when He came a helpless baby to this dark spot in the universe where Satan claimed dominion.

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!


Yes, when we share this truth with the world, many will be astonished at such great love!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 06, 2022, 11:03:28 AM
Amen, Remnant family!

Let us trust Jesus continually! He came all the way down to this world to uplift us from sin's ruin and degradation! Only by true conversion can we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing!

"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden 'the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.' Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life." {The Desire of Ages, page 48, paragraph 6}

Jesus helps us to walk in His life and abide in His love! Praise the Lord for how God gives us grace to overcome sin by union and communion with Christ!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Beacon on April 02, 2022, 08:08:07 PM
"It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden."

"But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin."

"Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity."


"What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life."

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict."

To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones.


"Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth! "

John 3:16,17. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God said it and I believe it and that's good enough for me. How about You?
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Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 03, 2022, 01:41:57 AM
Let us never grow weary of repeating the precious present truth of Jesus! As we look upon Christ in His loveliness of character, we are transformed from glory to glory to become like Him in mind and character with all of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives without one missing as we are empowered to affectionately obey God from the new heart He gives us in true conversion! Such an experience will only deepen our walk with God throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity!

"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden 'the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.' Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life." {The Desire of Ages, page 48, paragraph 3}

We are so blessed to be able to realize what Christ has done for us! We can more fully realize the value of His sacrifice and appreciate His loveliness of character the more we commune with Him! Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus who can help us through every time of trial and temptation, and who has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing! Let us ever keep the service and honor of God supreme so He can make perplexities vanish in showing us a plain path for our feet!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Dorine on April 03, 2022, 05:23:56 AM
"Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss."
What consolation to know that Jesus knows and understands the plight of humanity. He knows our weaknesses, trials and temptations because He endured and overcame every temptation known to man. He knows that in our own strength it is impossible for us to fight and overcome evil. Only as we behold Him through His word and meditate upon His life can He change our characters into His and fit us for heaven. The risk that heaven took in sending Jesus to us fills me with awe once again. How can anyone turn away from such a gift?
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--4--Unto You a Saviour
Post by: Richard Myers on April 03, 2022, 07:30:23 AM
"God declares, "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 112:4. To those who are seeking for light, and who accept it with gladness, the bright rays from the throne of God will shine.    

 Had the leaders in Israel been true to their trust, they might have shared the joy of heralding the birth of Jesus. But now they are passed by. 

So it is today. Many have not been true to their trust and will be passed by. And, at what cost?

     The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God." Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.
     Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.
     The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. "Herein is love." Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!