"An Inside Perspective"

December 2016

My Dear Family in Christ,

Blessings to you! Please remember our precious Sister Debbie in prayer this season as she rests and is refreshed in the Lord.

It is written, “And when He was come near, he beheld the city and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)

We choose to celebrate the Christmas Season as “The time of Christ’s visitation.” But truth be told, every time the Lord sends someone into our lives to share the precious gospel, it is “the time of our visitation.” Israel was cognizant of their biblical promises and was, therefore, look-ing for their promised Messiah. Sadly, not to receive Him, but to slay Him—for strong is self upon his throne and who shall stay his hand.

The text says Israel forfeited the things that belonged to them. They incurred the loss of all the blessing pertaining to salvation. More so, in their rejection they now had their blessings hidden from their eyes! They could not see clearly anymore. The rejection of their Christ opened the door for their enemies to surround and defeat them. Above all, their children would now also reap the horrible consequences of their rejection of Christ. Destruction was now their lot.

Believer, when we think back over our lives, we should be in awe at the extent of God’s grace towards us. The Lord is a just but merciful God, and so He graciously pursues us, finally ar-resting us by His precious Spirit. I lament that at the time of my “visitation,” the Lord reached out to me through His people, yet I too, as did those on His road to Calvary, spit right in His face! Even now as I write this, shame overwhelms me. Yet, by grace, I am wonderfully, freshly taught what it really means to lay down one’s life for his friends.

The Lord has shown us the way in His own flesh. Indeed, He was made flesh and dwelt among us. Corporately for Israel; that was “the time of their visitation.” I bet you can remember the first Christian that reached out to you – that was the “time of your visitation.”

Perhaps as you read this today, you may be realizing that for you this is the first “time of your visitation.” Is this the first call of the Lord upon your life? During this celebratory season, the Lord is calling you to turn from your sin and come to Him, the Living Christ, the Son of God, even God the Son. Believe on Him as your Lord and Savior. He saves people from the penalty of their sins. He saves people from themselves. He saves people from a future of horror in Hell.

Israel did not understand the “time of their visitation,” and therefore, they were left desolate. I too did not understand “the time of my visitation, and my whole life was left desolate. I would have perished apart from a Savior, but for our Father’s persistent love! He never gave up on me, nor will I now, on others. I had rejected Christ, but He did not reject me, nor will He reject you!

Understand today that to reject Him as Lord is in fact to reject Him as Savior—your only hope. Rejection calls down the wrath of God afresh on you, thus, determining the desolation of your life. The Lord has proven His love for you—have you proven yours for Him? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

It is written, “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we [who have spit in His face] should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew not Him.” (1John 3:1)

Make no mistake beloved, one way or the other, we have all spit in Christ’s face. Imagine, if you will, the look in the Lord’s eyes as He slowly wipes your spit from His holy face by the Blood of His cross. Let the sinner be reminded afresh of his precarious position in the light of God’s jus-tice. Now is your visitation. Beloved, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” not just you and me. Disobedience to any degree is a direct, intentional disdain for the holiness of God and for the perfection of His rule. As King, His scepter is over all and we should rejoice at the privilege to bow in obedience.

Sinner—where are you today? Do you know that for you, in the reading of this, now is “the time of your visitation?” To whom shall you flee? Christ has the Words of eternal life! All of your Christmases past have led you to this moment. The person who gave this to you to read is your John the Baptist. They are pointing you to Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This is the Christmas message: believe on Him; He is the Son of God! This season, let us celebrate our King—the Lord on His Throne forever! The glory is all God’s in our salvation! Have a blessed holiday and a. . .