Wednesday, December 23, 2009

036. Christ dwells with his faithful

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 036 | Wed 23 Dec 2009

CHRIST DWELLS WITH HIS FAITHFUL, WHEREVER THEY ARE

The incarnation reminds us that Christ is content to take up residence in places where men and women normally would prefer not to be found. The Redeemer came not as a mighty armoured warrior or majestic bejewelled king. Rather he came as a fragile infant, the son of humble folk. He was not born in a stone and cedar palace in Jerusalem, surrounded by elites. Rather he was born in a dirty little stable in Bethlehem surrounded by animals. The humility of Christ is such that no home is too humble and no slum too dirty for Jesus Christ to grace it with his presence. No prison cell is too oppressive and no state too hostile for Christ to make his dwelling there. He dwells with his faithful -- in his faithful, by his Spirit -- wherever they are.

'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!' sang the angels (Luke 2:14). May every faithful believer experiencing hardship and persecution on account of Christ be comforted by the incarnation this Christmas. And may they -- as 'those with whom he is pleased' -- be filled with the divine peace that the angels heralded that first Christmas Day.

The Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB) ministry team will pray that you -- all Christ's faithful intercessors in every nation -- will be refreshed and invigorated with joy, praise, boldness and great hope this Christmas as you celebrate the birth that changed the world.
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The next RLPB (037) will be issued on Wed 6 Jan 2010.