The Circle of the Christchild

Join us tomorrow at The Donelson Fellowship for worship at 8:45, 10:15, and 6 p.m. Our special guest, Tom Tipton, will be singing at all services, including the evening Christmas in the Round hour at 6 — our most special service of the year. Here is an excerpt from my message tomorrow entitled “The Empty Tomb.”

His conception and birth brought Him into the world. His resurrection and ascension took Him out of the world.

At the beginning of life, He was conceived in a womb from which never a child had been born. At the end of life, He was placed in a tomb in which never a man had been laid.

In this virgin womb, He was hidden from the world for nine months; in the virgin tomb for three days.

The Holy Spirit wrought His conception in the womb in a miracle unique in human history. The selfsame Spirit brought Him back to life in the tomb in the greatest miracle in time and eternity.

Just as angels announced His birth, so angels proclaimed His resurrection.

He left Mary’s womb with a baby’s cry, but one score and thirteen years later He left Joseph’s tomb with a victor’s shout.

He was born to give us a life that’s forgiven, and raised to give us a life that’s forever. His body was sown perishable, but was raised imperishable. It was sown in dishonor but was raised in glory. It was sown in weakness but raised in power.

In Christ we have good fellowship, wise counsel, a rich inheritance, and an empty tomb. So I ask you: Are you in Christ? Do you know Him as your Savior? Is He Lord of your life?

Living, He loved me; dying He saved me;

Buried He carried my sins far away;

Rising, He justified freely forever;

One day He’s coming—O glorious day!

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