I have been looking in
my “book” of addresses labeled “Christmas
Card List.” The name includes those folks I
exchange cards with each year and any new
names I need to add as well as names that I
have deleted for one reason or another.
Sadly some of the names were removed because
they passed away this past year.
This brought to mind
that God has a “book” that keeps a record of
new births. He is diligent to record each
one. I have a document called a “Birth
Certificate” that shows my name, the date of
my birth and the name of my parents and
location. My parents turned my name in
authorities, so my name is written in their
records also. I am thankful that my name is
in God’s Book of Life. It has been there
since I was about eight or nine years old,
and I have enjoyed the benefits of being one
of God’s “registered new births.”
this rejoice not, that the spirits are
subject unto you; but rather rejoice,
because your names are written in heaven”
We have a song in our
hymnal (known as The Old Red Back Hymnal)
that has the title of “When the Roll is
Called Up Yonder.” One day God will open
His Book of Birth Records “up yonder” and
call us to come up to His house where He has
prepared a place for us.
Aren’t you glad your
name is in His Book! If not, this is a good
time to take care of it. We are celebrating
the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who came
to earth as a baby to grow up and experience
life on this earth, gave up that life on an
old rugged cross so we could experience life
like His resurrected one in His Kingdom.
What a blessed hope we have!
What a tragedy that
there are many names that aren’t in His
Book! There is no “second-time-around”;
it’s now or never! It isn’t God’s will that
any name be left out of the Book. It is His
will that all come to repentance and have
the new birth that qualifies them to be in
the Book of Life. However, God has left it
up to our will to accept or reject the
Savior who gave His life so we could enjoy
eternal life with Him. The ones who have
not taken advantage of God’s plan will end
up worshipping the beast mentioned in
Revelation and be forever lost from God’s
“And all that dwell
upon the earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life….
The beast that thou sawest was, and is
not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless
pit, and go into perdition: and they that
dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose
names were not written in the book of
life….” (Revelation 13:8, 17:8).
As we celebrate the
birth of our Savior, let us also celebrate
our own “new birth” which God recorded in
His Book of Life. They are linked together
and give us great cause for celebration.
Thank God for Baby
Jesus who grew up to give His life so that
we could have this occasion for celebrating
our New Birth--because of His birth!
Is your name in “The
"The Reason for the Season !"
Good News December 2014