God Provides at Christmas!
Wow! Can you believe that this is the tenth
Christmas letter that Justapreacher Ministries has sent out?
We are truly amazed at God's blessings, and praising God for
the many ways that He has creatively provided for this ministry in the
last ten years.
Have you ever thought about why the wise men
arrived after the birth of Jesus and gave Him the gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh? Many believe that the three gifts had
symbolic meanings. The gold for His kingship. The
frankincense for His priestly role, and the myrrh for His death.
These underlying meanings are very probable and powerful in
their symbolism, but there may be more.
In Isaiah 60:1-11, we see a future prophecy
about how in the Millennial Kingdom the nations will bring their wealth
to Israel to bless them in the time that God restores the fortunes of
Israel. In verse 6 of Isaiah 60, we see the people bringing gold
and frankincense. These are valuable gifts that will be brought as
financial blessing to Israel in the future. I believe, along with
the symbolism, that when the wise men brought Jesus the gifts, they are
also giving a financial blessing to Mary and Joseph that will be needed
in the days to come.
You see, God was about to send them to Egypt to hide
from Herod and his murderous attempt to kill the Messiah. God
knew what Mary and Joseph's financial needs would be when they ran to
Egypt. He blessed them with what they needed for the upcoming trip
by the gifts of the Magi.
God does not change. (Hebrews 13:8) That
is one of the many ways that God has creatively provided for this
ministry over the last ten years. Not only does He provide through
those of you who give monthly, or throughout the year, He also uses
generous gifts at the end of the year to provide what we need for what
He knows is to come in the future. Just like He did for Mary,
Joseph, and Jesus.
God has so blessed this ministry through your
generous gifts that we are able to travel to churches that feel
they don't have the funds to cover the expenses involved in bringing
God's Word to them. In essence, God is using you just like He
did the wise men! Only God knows what the future needs of this
ministry will be, and whatever He puts on your heart to give will fully
provide for that need. Just like it has for these past ten years.
We cannot thank you all enough. And we thank God for you as
well, and pray that because of your generosity He will provide for all
of your needs in the future just as He has promised to do for those
who give generously to His work (Philippians 4:19). We love
you all, and wish you and your family a very worship-filled Christmas
In Christ's Overwhelming Love,
Jim, Becky, Nicole, Elise, and AJ