DayBreaks for 12/19/13 – I Was Part of Them
Hebrews 2:14 (MSG) Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death 15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
I personally find it strange that God has never deserted me. Frankly, I don’t understand that kind of grace. I don’t deserve his eternal presence, and you don’t either. Yet, God has forever identified with humans caught by no choice of their own in the human dilemma. When someone says, “You don’t know how I feel!”, they are probably right. There may not be a soul in the world who truly understands your feelings, either. God understands. All others in your life may fall away. God will never fall away.
In Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation, a story is told of Mary Wilson, presently of Dallas, Texas. You would never know by looking at this simple, modest woman that she was the recipient of the Silver Star and she bore the nickname “The Angel of Anzio.” If you recall your WW2 history, you’ll remember that when the Allies got bogged down in the boot of Italy during WW2, they attempted a daring breakout by launching an amphibious landing on the Anzio Beach. Unfortunately, the Allies got pinned down at the landing site and came dangerously close to being driven back into the ocean. It looked like another Dunkirk was in the making.
Mary Wilson was the head of the fifty-one army nurses who went ashore at Anzio. Things got so bad that bullets zipped through her tent as she assisted the surgeon in surgery. When the situation continued to deteriorate arrangements were made to get all of the nurses out. But Mary Wilson would have none of it. She refused to leave at the gravest hour. As she related her story years later, she said: “How could I possibly leave them. I was a part of them.”
Our God is a good God. He does not desert us in our hour of need. He hears the cries of Israel. He hears the cries of the church. He hears the cries of His children. Christmas is about God’s eternal identification with the human dilemma.
Jesus Christ doesn’t cut and run when things are tough in our life. He was (and is) a part of us for all eternity – and that is what Immanuel, and Christmas, is all about.
PRAYER: Hallelujah for becoming a part of us, for even stooping so low as to not just live among us, but to take on our human form and tasting human life! Thank you that you are a part of us now and forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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