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šŸŽ„ #6 The Glorious Incarnation ~ Glad Tidings

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Ā Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people; for there is born to you this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. In these words you clearly see that he is born for us. He does not simply say, Christ is born, but to you is born; neither does he say, I bring glad tidings, but to you I bring glad tidings of great joy. Furthermore, this joy was not to remain in Christ, but it shall be to all people.

Sermons of Martin Luther


Sarah & I Visit Westminster Chapel

Me at Westminster Chapel

ā‡§ Me stood in front of Westminster Chapel ā‡§Ā 

A few days ago Sarah & i finally got to visit Westminster Chapel. Iā€™ve always wanted to visit since i first heard Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones preach via podcast and now on the MLJ Sermons iPhone app. As i listen to one of his sermons every night(there are around 1600 on the app) iā€™d always wanted to go and see.

Ā The Chapel was closed but Sarah and i had a lovely Cappuccino in the Royal Quarters Cafe directly over the road.

Since iā€™m posting, I thought iā€™d add last nights sermon as i go through Ephesians(see Youtube video below) as it not only convicts and moves meā€¦.It also edifies and builds me up. Itā€™s solid meat and a huge feast every time as he never fails to feed the sheep.

A New Year’s Address

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A New Year’s Address

James Smith, New Park Street Church, London, 1849

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!”Ā 
Hebrews 13:8

Everything around us is changing and fast passing away! Nothing appears settled or secure! TheĀ oldĀ year has fled and has told its tale; aĀ newĀ year begins today and will introduce mercies and trials, comforts and distresses, darkness and light. Who can tell what is folded up in the bosom of this year?Ā 

Could we look through the coming hours, days, weeks, and months of this year; could we count the head-aches and theĀ heart-acheswhich await us; theĀ disappointmentsĀ we shall meet, theĀ vexationsĀ we shall experience, theĀ distressesĀ we must pass throughā€”our hearts would perhaps be wrung with anguish, and our minds be clouded with gloom! But these areĀ wisely concealedĀ from our view, and whatever may be our anticipations or forebodings, the Lord meets us on the threshold of this year and assures us thatĀ “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!”Ā This is our encouragement, beloved friends.

God himself in pity and compassion gives us this sweet, cheering, and animating assurance. Could Jesus change, then we might sink into gloom, despondency, and despair! CreaturesĀ mayĀ change, andĀ doĀ change for the worse instead of the betterā€”but Jesus is the same. It is impossible that he should be betterā€”for he is altogether perfect. And being perfectā€”he can never change for the worse. He embodies everything that is amiable, glorious, and inviting inĀ deity; and everything that is excellent, admirable, and sweet inĀ humanity. He blends theĀ attributes of Godā€”and theĀ perfections of manĀ in his sacred character. He is at once our Brotherā€”and our God; our Makerā€”and our Fellow; our Lordā€”and our Husband. O admirable mystery! O encouraging connection! O delightful truth!

Brethren, what have the Lord’s people found Jesus to be in bygone days? That, all thatā€”is Jesus NOW. Yes, this new year’s morning he has all that love, kindness, tenderness, pity, compassion, verity, and majestyā€”which his people in every age have proved him to possess. He whoĀ sympathizedĀ with the widow of Nain, who hadĀ compassionĀ on the hungry multitude, andĀ weptĀ with the sisters of departed Lazarusā€”is just the same nowā€”as then. He has the same nature, the same heart, and the same fellow feeling.Ā 

True we have not the sameĀ visibleĀ expressions of his tenderness and pityā€”but they are nevertheless real; he is the same today as he was yesterday, and will be the same forever. We have the same Jesus to deal withā€”as had the Syrophenician woman, theĀ adulteressĀ at Jacob’s well, or theĀ thiefĀ upon the cross. He is deeply interested in our welfare, lovingly concerned to do us good, and ready to help us in every time of trouble.Ā 

HisĀ earĀ is at every believer’s heartā€”listening to the voice of his sighs, groans, and desires.Ā 

His eye is observant of the Christian’s goings, and marks every step he takes.Ā 

HisĀ handĀ is stretched out to help him in every time of trial, or circumstance of difficulty.Ā 

HisĀ affectionsĀ yearn over him with indescribable affection and pity in every affliction or trouble.Ā 

He loves us dearly.Ā 

He knows our frame.Ā 

He considers our circumstances.Ā 

He pities our weaknesses.Ā 

He watches our movements.Ā 

He orders our steps.Ā 

He instructs our minds.Ā 

He subdues our sins.Ā 

He frustrates our enemies.Ā 

He will never for one moment leave us, nor on any account forsake us!

No, he will never turn away from doing of us goodā€”but will rejoice over us to do us good with his whole heart, and with his whole soul. Jesus is the same. He is one with us, has suffered like us, and knows by experience what our temptations, trials, and distresses are! He is no stranger to a troubled heart, a pained body, or the distress occasioned by the loss of the divine presence, he has passed through the whole. Therefore my poor, tried, tempted, and distressed brother, or sister in the Lord, learn to look to Jesusā€”as Jesusā€”as one touched with the feeling of your infirmities. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are!”

We are apt to think theĀ LordĀ changesā€”when hisĀ dispensationsĀ change. But no! The change of his dispensations proceeds from the immutability of his purpose respecting us, and his love to us. He is determined to bless us indeed, and this being the caseā€”he must empty us from vessel to vessel, andĀ change his dealingsĀ according to the state of our hearts, our enemies, or our temptations. Our immutable Jesus always pursues one steadyĀ course, and has one graciousĀ designĀ towards usā€”all must work to produce our sanctification, and eternal salvation.Ā 

The Lord Jesus will notĀ indulgeĀ usā€”when indulgence will harm us. He will onlyĀ correctĀ usā€”when correction will do us good. His infiniteĀ wisdomĀ devises our way, and inconceivableĀ loveĀ directs our steps. Creatures, providences, experiences may changeā€”but Jesus is the same!

HisĀ heartĀ is as tender,Ā 
HisĀ eyeĀ is as penetrating,Ā 
HisĀ earĀ is as attentive,Ā 
HisĀ armĀ is as powerful,Ā 
HisĀ presenceĀ is as near,Ā 
HisĀ nameĀ is as sweet,Ā 
HisĀ bloodĀ is as efficacious,Ā 
HisĀ righteousnessĀ is as glorious,Ā 
HisĀ promisesĀ are as certain,Ā 
HisĀ oathĀ is as sure,Ā 
HisĀ throneĀ is as accessible,Ā 
HisĀ loveĀ is as great,Ā 
HisĀ concernĀ for us is as deep,Ā 
HisĀ intercessionĀ is as prevalentĀ 
ā€”as it ever was! And will be so through every week, day, hourā€”yes,Ā minuteĀ of the present year! May we always keep this in remembrance!

Beloved, you mustĀ trustĀ no one,Ā dependĀ on no one,Ā lookĀ to no source either for peace, comfort, or supply, through this yearā€”but Jesus! He is willing and waiting to supply all your needs, according to his glorious riches! Soul needs, body needs, family needs, church needs; needs in sickness, needs in health; needs at home, needs abroad; needs while living, needs when dyingā€”JesusĀ can,Ā will, yesĀ wishesĀ to supply them all.Ā 

He will keep his seat on theĀ throne of graceĀ throughout the whole of the year! You will never find him absent for any one moment, or so engagedā€”that he cannot attend to you. He will always be pleased to see you come, and will at all times consider your case. But you must go to himĀ firstā€”be sure you remember this, for he has a jealous eye!Ā 
You must go to himĀ alone,Ā 
you must go to himĀ for all,Ā 
you must go to himĀ frequently,Ā 
you must go to himĀ perseveringly,
and as sure as his name isĀ Jesusā€”you shall not go in vain!

I proclaim to you in my Master’s name, that he has everything you can need for body or soulā€”for time or eternity! And as his herald I cry, “Ho! everyone who thirsts, and whenever you thirstā€”come to the waters, come buy and eat! Yes, come, buy wine and milkā€”without money and without cost!”Ā 

I have a complaint against someā€”that they have not comeĀ oftenĀ enough; and against othersā€”that they have gone to some other market! But let me interrogate you a little:Ā 
Did ever my Master frown you away?Ā 
Did you ever find him lacking in kindness, pity, or love?Ā 
Did you ever need any blessing which was not to be found in his fullness, or to be had at his throne?
Did you ever do better, or so well anywhere else?Ā 
You must all to a man say,Ā No!Ā Why then do youĀ forsakeĀ the fountain of living waters? Why do youĀ wanderĀ upon every mountain and hillā€”and forget your true resting place? Jesus addresses you through me, and says, “O my people, what have I done unto you? Wherein have I wearied you? Testify against me!”

None have come too frequent; noā€”nor ever will. Come, then, and receive, and so glorify Jesus.

But I must draw to aĀ conclusion, there are seven things I wish you may all more fully EXPERIENCE this year:

His Spirit working in your hearts,Ā 
His blood speaking in your consciences,Ā 
His power subduing your corruptions,Ā 
His blessing resting upon your souls,Ā 
His presence cheering your way,Ā 
His righteousness covering your sins,Ā 
His peace keeping your hearts and minds.Ā 

There are seven things I wish you may know it is your privilege to HAVE this year:Ā 
a name in his book,Ā 
a sight of his covenant,Ā 
a tear in his bottle,Ā 
a place in his heart,Ā 
a title to his fullness,Ā 
a right to his promises, andĀ 
an interest in his prayers.

There are seven things I wish you may DO this year:
weep at his cross,Ā 
wrestle at his throne,Ā 
cleave to his truth,Ā 
walk in his ways,Ā 
aim at his honor,Ā 
comfort his people, andĀ 
spread his fame in every direction.

There are seven things which I wish you may ENJOY this year:
the light of his countenance,Ā 
the power of his love,
the hope of his calling,Ā 
the blessings of his chosen,Ā 
contentment under all dispensations,Ā 
liberty in performing his commands,
and victory over every foe.Ā 

There are seven things from which I hope you may be PRESERVED from, this year:
a hard heart,Ā 
a seared conscience,Ā 
a Laodicean state,Ā 
a proud look,Ā 
an unforgiving spirit,Ā 
an envious eye, andĀ 
from distrusting God.Ā 

And now, brethren, Jesus canĀ giveĀ all that I wish you toĀ experience, toĀ know, toĀ enjoy!Ā And he canĀ preserveĀ you from all I wish you to beĀ kept from. But he says, “I will beĀ inquiredĀ of, by the house of Israel, to do it for them.” You must ask, seek, knock, plead, wrestle, and agonize at his throneā€”for he loves a determined, importunate, perservering beggar; as is evident from Luke 11:1-14; 18:1-9.Ā 

“May the Lord bless you
Ā and protect you.
Ā May the Lord smile on you
Ā and be gracious to you.
Ā May the Lord show you his favor
Ā and give you his peace.”
Ā Ā Ā  Numbers 6:24-26

A most influential sermon!

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A most influential sermon!

(James Smith, “Good News for All” 1860)

“You, however, know all about my teaching,Ā my way of life,
Ā and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my
Ā patience, my love, and my endurance.” 2 Timothy 3:10Ā 

A holy life isĀ a most influential sermon!

“You ought to live holy and godly lives!” 2 Peter 3:11

šŸŽ„ The Glorious Incarnation #6 ~ Glad Tidings

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people; for there is born to you this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. In these words you clearly see that he is born for us. He does not simply say, Christ is born, but to you is born; neither does he say, I bring glad tidings, but to you I bring glad tidings of great joy. Furthermore, this joy was not to remain in Christ, but it shall be to all people.

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