December 28, 2018
The Holy Innocents
He Came to Save
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Psalm 124:7
These days after celebrating the Nativity can be sobering and even, to some, a little strange. What is this? We take two steps past a celebration of joy, peace and light only to encounter martyrs and slaughtered innocents--why? Simply because what we've been celebrating is God's embrace of the whole of human life--every beautiful, painful corner. Jesus didn't come to pass on slogans. He came to save, he came to set us free. And, in the suffering I'm called to remember this week, I enter more deeply into what that really means--for them, for me and for the whole world.
Holy Innocents, pray for us.

- Amy Welborn

1 John 1:5--2:2|Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8|Matthew 2:13-18

Comments

Marcie Gonzalez Respond to comment
December 28, 2018 at 05:45 PM

Let us remember those children who have died and those thousands of children suffering in this immigration crackdown. They are the Innocents of this generation.

Sandra
December 28, 2018 at 07:42 PM

Amen

Sandra
December 28, 2018 at 07:42 PM

Amen

December 28, 2018 at 02:28 PM

Amen

December 28, 2018 at 12:17 PM

God bless you Amy
Lord Jesus you are my everlasting joy strength
Peace patience hope Love
Enjoy this beautiful day everyone
Let us rejoice and be glad with our wounderful
Savior

December 28, 2018 at 11:29 AM

The readings before, during and after Christmas continue to point out to me, my need for a Savior!

Actually, everything in the Scripture point to my sins and my need for a Savior...
* Romans 3:10, "as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;"
* Psalm 14:3, "They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one."
* Psalm 53:3, "They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one."

In today's reading, these are the if statements:
* If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth.
* If we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
* If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
* If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
* If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.
* If anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one.
* Here is the Good News: He (Jesus) is expiation (atonement) for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

The bottom line for me is I am a sinner and Jesus is the only Savior for me!!!
* Isaiah 64:6a, "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;"
* Ephesians 2:1-3, "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath."
* 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For our sake He made Him (Jesus - the One and only sinless) to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

Not because of who I am
But because of what you've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of Who You are
Lord Jesus, I praise You! Amen!

Who Am I by Casting Crown
https://youtu.be/mBcqria2wmg

December 28, 2018 at 09:28 AM

Thank you for your reflection this morning Amy.

After reflecting, we have just gone through many weeks of preparation for his coming and Christmas Day not the season has come and gone. What is so wonderful his coming for us, is everlasting.

Dear Lord Jesus hear my prayers, and remind me that our relationship is just that a long lasting event.

Amen

December 28, 2018 at 09:08 AM

Amen.

December 28, 2018 at 07:58 AM

Amen.

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