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The Farther Backward You Can Look, The
Farther Forward You Can See
Life works best when you have and know your ultimate purpose. Rick Warren sold millions of copies of his book, Purpose Driven Life, as a testimony to this truth. Our purpose can be summed up by the words of the Westminster Confession - The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. This concept comes from Psalm 16:7-8, I have set the Lord always before me... therefore my heart is glad.
The Lord has not only revealed the purpose of our lives but He has also revealed His plan as He interacts with mankind. The plan of God was expressed in both the creation and cultural mandates of Genesis 1-2.
God blessed them, and God said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." (Gen. 1:28)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.(Gen. 2:15)
Adam was to multiply and fill the earth (Creation mandate) and then to rule the earth. (Cultural mandate) Adam was to be co-viceroy or co-ruler of the world that God had created for His glory. Of course the plan ran into trouble as Adam fell into sin and perverted himself and temporarily prevented the plan of God.
However, God's plans are never thwarted. As we fast-forward to Revelation 20-22 we see all the themes and threads of history fulfilled and finalized as King Jesus, the second Adam, rules and reigns in His kingdom (Rev. 20) and ushers in a New Jerusalem and the Eternal State (Rev. 21-22) where there are no more tears; there is no more curse, no more sin and no more death; the glory of God and our righteous God rules and reigns.
But what happens between Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22? Well my friends - that is history - that is, His Story. That is the marvelous and miraculous story of Christmas. It is the story of the Promised One who will crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3). It is the story of the one who will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7) and rule as King. Immanuel is His name (Isaiah 9). It is the one who will be the suffering servant for Israel (Isaiah 43) and who will die for our sins (Isaiah 53). It is the story of the great exchange - all my sin for His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:19-21) It is the story of reconciliation and redemption, of forgiveness and mercy. It is the greatest story ever told. We call it Christmas and it is about the Christ of Christmas.
It is an epic, a drama that contains a tragedy and includes the final victory. As Winston Churchill noted, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." God has allowed us to see it all!
The turkey dinner is gone. The stores are putting up and plugging in the Christmas lights and pushing the latest gifts. But we have been given the greatest gift: The gift of God Himself wrapped in cloths lying in a manger, through whom He offers us a free gift, the gift of eternal life.
Let's get ready for the season of gift giving. I assume you have received the free gift. Who will you tell this week who has not yet received it?
Serving Him with you
Dr. Fred Chay
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