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The virgin birth is the most profound of His four creative acts. But what the Lord did by giving His Son to us is only part of what amazes me about the gospel. To think He would give Jesus to us and that Jesus would be willing to come and die is mind-boggling (Ephesians 3:20). The baby Jesus was on a mission to do the will of His Father (John 6:38), which was to die on a cross (John 19:30) for the sins of the world (Luke 19:10; 1 John 3:8).
It is staggering when you think about the Trinitarian effort that accomplished our salvation. The Lord accomplished it, but it is more than a birth-to-death story. When Jesus died, the Father experienced the loss of a son. When Jesus gave his life, the Father suffered the loss of life. The Father judged the Son at the cross, and the Son received the judgment. They agreed to do these things so we would have life more abundantly (John 10:10; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 5:13). The most significant gift God could give was the complete sacrifice of His Son for our rescue (John 3:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
The virgin birth is profound, Christmas is fantastic, and the cross is stunning, but it is even more incredible to know salvation comes from a Person willing to go through so much for us (Hebrews 2:14-15). You are secure if you are in Him (John 10:28-30). Because of Him, nothing will overcome you (Romans 8:31-39). To be in Christ is present-tense victory and future-tense fulfillment (Matthew 11:28). Christmas is only one aspect of a story that began in eternity past (Ephesians 1:3-4) and continues into eternity future (Revelation 21:1). As you reflect on Christmas this year, remember it’s one golden link in a massively powerful and eternal golden chain.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:29-31)?
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Rick launched this training network in 2008 to provide life-changing resources that equip Christians to help others. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).