The Magnificat

December 19, 2016 The Magnificat      On a visit to see Elizabeth, Mary bursts into exclamatory praise as they talk of their pregnancies. Her words are recorded in the first chapter of Luke, verses 46-55, and has been called the Magnificat, meaning to magnify.  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my…

The Divine Gaze Pt.18- Meditating in His Presence

     “It is impossible for the person who never meditates with delight on the glory of Christ here in this world, and who doesn’t earnestly seek to behold it by faith, as it is revealed in the Scripture, that they should ever have any real gracious desire to behold it in heaven.” John Owen…

The Divine Gaze Pt.17- Entering Into Beauty

  Inside Looking Out “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part…

The Divine Gaze- The Inquirer Pt.16

The Fourth Movement of the Heart- The Inquirer “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.“ Psalm 27:4 KJV We come…

The Divine Gaze- Beholding the Beauty of God Pt.15

Beauty of God in Salvation In a 1752 sermon Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) says that it is Christ, supremely in his mercy to sinners, who is the magnetic beauty to which we are drawn: “It is a sight of the divine beauty of Christ, that bows the wills, and draws the hearts of men. A sight…

The Divine Gaze Pt.14

Inner and Outer Beauty The beauty of God is the robe of his glory. It is the consummate adornment of all that he is in his essence and character. Every other attribute of God is clothed in pure, absolute, holy, untainted beauty. He is, therefore, beautiful in all of his nature and being. I tread…

The Bride of Christ

Love stories. They fill book shelves, are themes in movies, and have been part of the human story from the beginning. Wars have been waged and kingdoms conquered because of love. Chivalry, heroes and rescuers all have had a part in the history and drama of love stories. The knight in shining armor saves the…

The Divine Gaze Pt.13

Powerful Potentate Previously, we had looked at an Old testament passage and with Isaiah saw how the vision of the kingly Christ beautifies our thoughts of Him. And so as we continue to catch a vision of the Lord’s beauty in his regal authority let’s now turn to a passage in the New Testament. In…

The Divine Gaze Pt.12

Beholding the Beauty of The Lord’s Position Pastor and theologian, John Owen (1616-1683) describes the beauty of Christ’s exalted position in heaven. “He (Jesus Christ) is altogether lovely in the glory and majesty with which he was crowned. Now he is seated at the right hand of the majesty on high.” [1] Before we mine…

The Divine Gaze Pt.11

Beholding The Beautiful Work of God When we behold the work of God there may be many things which come to mind. Things like his power to create an Edenic world as witnessed in the early pages of the Genesis account. Or things like his sovereign rule and design in nature as seen in his…