At an educational conference for teachers held some forty years ago, the presenter made a comment that knowledge would double within five years because of the advances in technology.  At that time, most school districts had not blossomed into the age of the computer.  However, his statement brought to mind the words of King Solomon … “the more knowledge, the more grief” (Eccl 1:18).  These are the words of a man whose earthly wisdom exceeded that of all his peers.  Yet, because of his waywardness from God, he found no fulfillment in that which he had been blessed by God.  Today’s advances in technology are indeed phenomenal and have many wonderful benefits and applications for good.  Man prides himself in the knowledge he has gained, and what is available at his fingertips, though at times it seems that there is little thought of the fact that God is allowing man to discover that which He already knows.  The psalmist tells us …He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Ps 147:4-5).  That knowledge far exceeds man’s capabilities to fathom the magnitude of the Creator God in forming the universe.  But what about this planet called earth, and more pointedly, the creation of Homo sapiens?  Does God enter into the affairs of human history and into the personal lives of mankind?  The Word of God reveals … “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:26-27). When Adam and Eve sinned, it was the pre-incarnate Christ who came to provide a solution for their sin.  The principle of redemption was established for all mankind -- an innocent One must die for the guilty.  To picture the future coming of Christ to pay for the sins of the world, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen 3:21-22). God Himself would provide the solution to man’s alienation from a righteous Creator.  No greater declaration could be stated than that which was recorded by the Apostle John.  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Thus the fulfillment of the redemption principle would one day become a reality – the Innocent One dying for the guilty.  For hundreds of years, the sacrifice of a lamb as a sin offering for man was practiced by the nation Israel.  The death of the lamb did not provide redemption, but rather faith in what the animal’s death symbolized.  John the Baptizer left no room for doubt as to the Person of Messiah, the Christ.  When he saw Jesus coming to where he had been preaching and baptizing in Bethany, he proclaimed …"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me” (John 1:29-30). Again upon seeing Jesus the next day, he reiterated … “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God" (John 1:36)! Knowing this One who came to remedy man’s hopeless, sinful state by His payment for sins on the Cross, and His victory over death in resurrection, gives us peace with God. If God could do the most in reconciling us to Himself, then it stands to reason that He can do the lesser --  that of providing for our every need. The all-knowing God made perfect provision for us before we ever existed.  That far surpasses man’s most sophisticated technology, for God knew all that was to be known simultaneously and in its entirety without error or glitch.

TURNING the PAGE

Some have gone to be with the Lord

Some have entered new accords Some left us quite amazed

While others dismayed

Still others disdain

Such were events of the latter page Yet the beauty of it all, we grew in God's grace

Respective of Christ, who nullifies all reasons for complaint Knowing that in Him

We, are saved

By His great mercy

We, are blessed to

Turn another page

-     We join hearts and hands

With family and friends knowing that no matter what the coming days may bring Christ has given us the victory

We are His people, always of Good cheer

Confident, our Lord is always near In all humility, let us pray for our nation, for Israel, and a Grace adorned, Christ loving, Spirit filled

HAPPY  NEW YEAR

Larry Chambers 

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