Daily Archives: January 22, 2021

Daily Devotion: By What Authority? (Mark 11:27-12:27)

Master Washing the Feet of a Servant

Then Jesus said to them, Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

I remember reading some time ago of a brilliant young lawyer who had been raised a pagan and had no use for Christianity. Someone had given him the New Testament, and he was reading it through. When he came to this account in Mark, he read this question with great interest, for he himself had recently been involved with just such a dilemma. When the full impact of Jesus’ actions hit this man, he was utterly astonished. He dropped the Bible and said to himself, That’s the most amazing wisdom! For our Lord did not try to answer the question directly. In that wonderful way He had, He called for a coin—He had to borrow one, for He had none of His own—and held it up. Whose picture is on this coin? He asked. They said, Caesar’s. He said, All right, then, it must be Caesar’s money. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. But God has His stamp upon you, so render to God the things that are God’s.

He shows us that human authority is not only limited in duration; it is limited in its scope. It deals with only a part of people. The secular government is ordained by God. The apostle Paul tells us that plainly, and Peter says the same thing: Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right (1 Peter 2:13-14). Peter acknowledges that God is behind secular government—even bad government. For the king that Peter referred to was none other than Nero, wretched moral degenerate that he was. Yet Peter says to honor the king as the supreme authority.

But human government, Jesus says, has only limited control over people. It has certain powers over its citizens’ bodies and minds. It can regulate our conduct to some degree and has the right to influence and regulate our attitudes and actions and what we say and how we say it. But there is one area in human life over which secular power has no control, and that is the human spirit. Secular power cannot legislate who we worship, who governs our conscience, and who constitutes the ultimate authority of life. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. Certain things do properly belong to Caesar; give them to him. But other things about you belong only to God, so give those to God.

The Russian author Solzhenytsin stands as an example of the wrong that is done by secular might when it tries to govern and control the worship of people. Almost single-handedly, he has defied one of the mightiest powers of earth and revealed the viciousness and the exploitation that always results when secular might seeks to invade that proscribed area of human existence, the human spirit. Jesus is saying that the ultimate issues of life belong to God, not to people, and human authority is therefore limited in its scope.

Father, thank You for this One who helps me to see things rightly, who puts things in proper perspective and makes me understand who I am, and what I am, and to whom I am responsible.

— Read on www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/mark/by-what-authority

What Are You without Grace?

Son of man, how does the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? 

Ezekiel 15:2

These words are for the humbling of God’s people; they are called God’s vine, but what are they by nature more than others? They, by God’s goodness, have become fruitful, having been planted in a good soil; the Lord has trained them upon the walls of the sanctuary, and they bring forth fruit to His glory. But what are they without their God? What are they without the continual influence of the Spirit, begetting fruitfulness in them?

O believer, learn to reject pride, seeing that you have no ground for it. Whatever you are, you have nothing to make you proud. The more you have, the more you are in debt to God; and you should not be proud of that which renders you a debtor. Consider your origin; look back to what you were. Consider what you would have been but for divine grace. Look upon yourself as you are now. Does not your conscience reproach you? Do not your thousand wanderings stand before you and tell you that you are unworthy to be called His son? And if He has made you anything, are you not taught thereby that it is grace that has made you to differ?

Great believer, you would have been a great sinner if God had not made you to differ. O you who are valiant for truth, you would have been as valiant for error if grace had not laid hold upon you. Therefore, do not be proud, though you have a large influence—a wide domain of grace, for once you did not have a single thing to call your own except your sin and misery. Oh, strange infatuation that you, who has borrowed everything, should think of exalting yourself—a poor, dependent pensioner upon the bounty of your Savior, one who has a life that dies without fresh streams of life from Jesus, and yet is proud! Fie on you, O silly heart!

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January 22 Evening Quotes of the Day

Obey First, and Feelings Will Follow
Deuteronomy 9:23; Hebrews 11:8

Give yourself to obedience, although you do it not with such feeling as you desire. Faith must first go before, and then feeling will follow.

JOHN BRADFORD

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Hardened Hearts Broken by Striking
2 Corinthians 7:10–11

If a hardened heart be to be broken, it is not stroking, but striking that must do it.… The heart is not melted into godly sorrow, nor raised to the life of faith and love, by the bubbles of a frothy wit, or by a game at words, or useless notions, but by the illuminating beams of sacred truth, and the attraction of divine displayed goodness, communicated from a mind that by faith has seen the glory of God, and by experience found that he is good, and that lives in the love of God: such a one is fitted to assist you first in the knowledge of yourselves, and then in the knowledge of God in Christ.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Express your Unworthiness to Draw Near to God 

Adoration 1.15 | ESV

We must express the sense we have of our own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God and speak to him.

But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? That God whom heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain, 2 Chronicles 6:18(ESV) with man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm? Job 25:6(ESV)

Who are we, O Lord GOD, and what is our father’s house that you have brought us thus far to present ourselves before the Lord? 2 Samuel 7:18(ESV) That we have through Christ an access in one Spirit to the Father? Ephesians 2:18(ESV) And yet, as if this had been a small thing in your sight, you have spoken concerning your servants for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD! 2 Samuel 7:19(ESV)

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him, Psalm 8:4(ESV) and thus magnify him?

Oh let not the Lord be angry, if we who are but dust and ashes undertake to speak to the Lord of glory. Gen 18:27-30(ESV)

We are not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servants; Genesis 32:10(ESV) nor is it right to take the children’s bread and throw it to such as we are; yet the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table; Matthew 15:26-27(ESV) and you bestow your riches on all who call on you. Romans 10:12(ESV)

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Friday: One God, One Mediator | Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Theme: A Matter of Life and Death

In this week’s lessons, we see what it means for Jesus to be the only mediator between God and those who have sinned against him.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5-6

This has to be taken in a very personal way, because if there is one God, and if there is one mediator, then there is no other way to this God but through that one mediator. If you’ve not come to God through this mediator, then you are separated from God, and you are in danger of being separated from him forever. Whenever the gospel is taught, there are always people who react by putting it off. They did this even in Paul’s day. In Acts 26:28, as Paul was making his defense before King Agrippa and the procurator Festus, Agrippa replied to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” He didn’t want to make a commitment. 

There are people who do that today. You can talk to someone as clearly as you can about the one way to God. You can quote the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). And people will still go out and say, “Well, that’s interesting. I’m sure that’s what Christianity teaches, but I’m just going to hunt around for a little bit longer and find another way that I like better.” Listen, there is no other way because there is no other mediator. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator. And if there is one God, and if that God has provided the way through the one mediator, then it is absolute folly to refuse to come by way of that one mediator and to seek for another. 

Some time ago, we were talking at dinner on a Saturday night. I had been working on a verse that had to do with themes such as this as part of the series on John I was preaching through at the time. One of the themes was of the antecedent necessity of the atonement, to which I referred earlier. I thought that I would talk about it in the conversation at dinner and sort of try it out on those who were at the table to see if they could understand it. I reasoned that if they couldn’t understand it, I was sure that nobody in church was going to understand it the next morning. As I explained it, I thought I was doing pretty well. But when I had finished, one girl who was there, a friend of one of my daughters, apparently had missed it all because she asked, “Tell me, what’s the point of your sermon tomorrow morning?” 

I realized I was really up against it at that point. I had talked theology, but it had made the main idea confusing, and here was somebody who really wanted to know what the point was. I think the Lord gave me the right answer that night, because what I said on that occasion was this:

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin;

he only could unlock the gate of heav’n, and let us in.

O dearly, dearly, has he loved, and we must love him too,

and trust in his redeeming blood, and try His works to do.

That’s the meaning of our passage in Timothy. There is no other good enough to pay the price of sin, and Jesus has paid it. The door of heaven is open for all who will come.

Study Questions:

  1. What excuses do people make for ignoring the gospel? What does that reveal about themselves and how they view life?
  2. Why do people dislike the idea that there is only one way to God?

Application: Who among your family or friends needs to hear about Jesus as the only mediator between God and sinners in need of his grace?

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January 22 Evening Verse of the Day

2:7 Some argue that Bethlehem would not have had an inn since it was not on any major road, and that this story is therefore fictitious. But attempting to claim the nonexistence of an inn in Bethlehem is mere conjecture, and besides, the Greek term translated “guest room” (kataluma) simply means “lodging” and can refer to a guest room in a private home. Animal stalls, with their mangers, were normally located inside the one-room residence of peasant families. Animals were sometimes kept in caves, and an early Christian tradition places the birth of Jesus in a cave.[1]


2:7 The words her firstborn Son naturally implies that Mary later had other children (Mt 13:55–56). That baby Jesus was laidin a manger indicates that the family was forced to stay in a stable, or perhaps a cave that served as a stable, because there was no other room available in Bethlehem.[2]


2:7 Some argue that Bethlehem would not have had an inn since it was not on any major road, and that this story is therefore fictitious. But attempting to claim the nonexistence of an inn in Bethlehem is mere conjecture, and besides, the Greek term translated “guest room” (kataluma) simply means “lodging” and can refer to a guest room in a private home. Animal stalls, with their mangers, were normally located inside the one-room residence of peasant families. Animals were sometimes kept in caves, and an early Christian tradition places the birth of Jesus in a cave.[3]


2:7 “Swaddling clothes” were narrow strips of cloth wrapped around an infant. That Christ was born and placed “in a manger” led to the tradition that He was born in a stable. Early tradition indicates that He was born in a cave, which may have been used as a stable.[4]


2:7 The birth of the baby is described simply. “Swaddling cloths” were strips of cloth used to wrap a baby. That the Child was put in a manger may mean that the birth was in a stable. There is a tradition that Jesus was born in a cave, which could have been used as a stable. Mangers were often outdoors, so it is possible that Jesus was born in the open air. Another possibility is that the place was the home of a poor family, where the animals would be under the same roof.

there was no place for them in the inn. This may mean that the innkeeper did not want to have them there.[5]


2:7 her firstborn son Luke probably notes this detail here because Yahweh had consecrated Israel’s firstborn children (Num 3:13).

wrapped him in strips of cloth Wrapping or swaddling provides warmth, comfort, and security to newborn infants (and is still practiced today).

a manger A trough out of which animals were fed. This may imply that they were in a barn of some sort, but a house is a stronger possibility; animals were often kept indoors at night in the house’s lower level.

the inn The Greek text here (at the end of this verse) uses the term katalyma in reference to a guest room (compare Luke 22:11).[6]


2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son. The greatest miracle in the history of the world, the eternal Son of God being born as a man, happens quietly in a stable in an obscure village in Judea. Luke’s description is restrained, giving only a very few details. swaddling cloths. In ancient times strips of cloth were used to wrap babies to keep them warm and secure. manger. A feeding trough for animals. The inn, with the definite article (“the”), indicates that this was a specific, publicly known lodging place for individual travelers and caravans. no place for them. The inn was full, since many had come to Bethlehem to register for the census (see note on v. 2).[7]


2:7 firstborn. Mary had other children subsequent to this. See note on Mt 12:46. cloths. Strips of cloth were used to bind a baby tightly. It kept the baby from injuring sensitive facial skin and eyes with its own (often sharp) fingernails, and was believed to strengthen the limbs. This is still the custom in some Eastern cultures. The absence of such cloths was a sign of poverty or lack of parental care (Eze 16:4). manger. A feeding trough for animals. This is the source of the notion that Christ was born in a stable, something nowhere stated in Scripture. Ancient tradition held that He was born in a cave (possibly one used as a shelter for animals). But no actual description of the location is given. no room for them in the inn. Possibly because many were returning to this ancient town to register in the census.[8]


2:7 Swaddling cloths were strips of cloth wrapped around a baby to keep its arms and legs straight. Firstborn Son implies that Mary had other children (Matt. 1:25; 13:55; Mark 3:31–35). The manger was probably a feeding trough for animals. Jesus was probably born in a stable or in a cave that served as one. The inn was most likely a reception room in a private home or a space at a public shelter, not a large building with several individual rooms.[9]


2:7. In Bethlehem, Mary brought forth her firstborn Son. The firstborn qualified as the principal heir in a Jewish family. Mary then wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.[10]


2:7. With a surprising reserve and simplicity—given the expectations created in the first chapter—Luke described the birth of Jesus Christ—And she gave birth to her firstborn son (2:7a). The description—wrapped Him in cloths (2:7b)—depicted the normal procedure for newborns, who were bound in cloths to straighten their limbs, an act thought to help promote the health and strength of an infant’s limbs. However, the detail—and laid Him in a manger (2:7c)—described an act that was completely contrary to expectation and seemingly utterly absurd! Tradition and familiarity with the story has removed the absurdity for many readers. Yet the idea that a young mother—even an inexperienced one—would place her newborn in an animal feeding trough is to be understood as entirely incongruous. The explanation—there was no room for them in the inn (2:7d)—tells the reader why there was a manger present, but it does not take away the inappropriateness of using it as a crib for a newborn. The scene is one of abject humility—of utter condescension. It is contrary to expectation so far as the arrival of the Messiah is concerned. Luke is letting the reader know from this beginning, this Messiah will surprise you; this Messiah will do the unexpected.

Inn (katalyma) is better translated “guest room in a private home” (cf. Lk 22:11, where the same word is used; see Lk 10:34, where a different word, pandocheion, is used for an “inn”). The home, probably belonging to a relative, where Mary and Joseph would have stayed, was full, so they sought refuge and privacy either in an animal room adjacent to the home (analogous to an attached garage), or in a nearby cave used for housing animals. In either case, the idea of the holy family being turned away from an inn so Jesus would be born in a stable is probably not quite accurate.[11]


2:7 “firstborn” This is used in the OT sense of “heir.” It also strongly suggests that Mary had other children (cf. Matt. 13:55–56; John 7:35).

“wrapped Him in cloths” The KJV has “swaddling cloth.” This was a square cloth which was held in place with strips of cloth so as to make it easy to change. This was the norm for all children of this period and culture.

“manger” This was a feeding trough (cf. LX, Isa. 1:3; Prov. 14:4) for domestic animals. These were very crude, non-hygenic conditions, but so was all of the ancient, peasant world.

“inn” The term kataluma is indefinite and could refer to a guest room (animals often lived in close proximity to their owners, cf. Mark 14:14; Luke 22:11). Justin Martyr (a.d. 110–162/168) says that Jesus was born in a cave used as an animal corral (common in this area). Others say it was in an open-air courtyard of the Inn. The more traditional interpretation is in a room shared with animals of the Inn’s guests.

Bethlehem was a very small village. I am not sure there would be enough travelers to warrant an inn. Jewish culture stressed the cultural obligation of hosting relatives. There were so many relatives in town for the enrollment that no guest room was available. Luke uses this same word in 22:11 for a “guest room” (cf. Mark 14:14).

The term is used in a wide variety of meanings in the Septuagint, but one of them is a room in one’s house, usually on the roof (cf. 1 Sam. 1:18; 2 Sam. 7:6; 1 Chr. 17:5).[12]


Ver. 7. Her first-born Son.

Birth of Christ the Lord:

  1. Christ’s relation to the poor. 1. When He came in so lowly circumstances, consenting to lay His head in a manger, none of the pomps of royalty about Him, how touchingly and tenderly He spoke to the vast majority of the world. There is a bond of sympathy between Him and the multitude whose condition is one of struggles, deprivations, and anxieties. Here is a warrant of His love; here is something to secure their confidence, draw out their hearts, lead them to admiration. 2. How plain, in the light of this event, is the folly of estimating men by their birth or surroundings. What a rebuke on the worldliness of earth, on our unseemly regard for temporal surroundings. If Christ, the King of kings, the Saviour of the world, the Son of the Highest, could take so lowly a station, we are weak indeed, if we judge men hereafter by the canopy on their cradles or the jewels on their swaddling-bands.
  2. The importance of infancy. Why was Christ a babe? To link Himself at every stage with humanity; to indicate the sweetness and preciousness of infant life. In that quaint, fragile casket—a babe—is the jewel of an immortal soul. There lie the germs of immense possibilities. The soul is as yet in embryo, but it is there. He turns against his better nature, against the teachings of Christ’s life, who has no interest in the new-born babe.

III. The superior importance of the spiritual to the material. How little do we know of the material circumstances of Christ’s life! Even this great event, His birth, is shrouded in comparative darkness. God would show us the comparative insignificance of temporal things. Christ came to teach spiritual truth.

  1. Christ’s coming was the pivotal event of the world’s history. From Bethlehem shall go forth an influence that shall move the world. That Divine Babe is the salvation of a ruined earth! (A. P. Foster.)

The miraculous conception not unreasonable:—Let me dispute the case with a mere natural man, How doth the harvest of the field enrich the husbandman? It is answered, By the seed which is sown in the ground. Say again, How came seed into the world to sow the ground? Surely you must confess that the first seed had a Maker, who did not derive it from the ears of wheat, but made it of nothing by the power of His own hand; says St. Austin, “then God could make a man without the seed of man in the Virgin’s womb, who made seed for the corn before ever there was earing or harvest.” Nay, there is an instance for it in the little bees, as the poet doth philosophize, they do not bring forth their young ones, as other creatures do, by the help of male and female together; but they gather the seed which begets the young ones from the dew of leaves, and herbs, and flowers, and so they bring them forth. (Bishop Hacket.)

Christ born without the curse of the flesh:—The Virgin conceived our Lord without the lusts of the flesh, and therefore she had not the pangs and travail of women upon her, she brought Him forth without the curse of the flesh. These be the Fathers’ comparisons: as bees draw honey from the flower without offending it, as Eve was taken out of Adam’s side without any grief to him, as a sprig issues out of the bark of the tree, as the sparkling light from the brightness of the star, such ease was it to Mary to bring forth her first-born Son; and therefore having no weakness in her body, feeling no want of vigour, she did not deliver Him to any profane hand to be dressed, but by a special ability, above all that are newly delivered, she wrapt Him in swaddling clouts. (Ibid.)

Christ wrapped in swaddling clothes:—Now these clouts here mentioned which were not worth the taking up, but that we find them in this text, are more to be esteemed than the robes of Solomon in all his royalty; yea, more valuable than the beauty of the lily, or any flower of the field or garden, which did surpass all the royalty of Solomon. I may say they are the pride of poverty, for I know not in what thing poverty may better boast and glory than in the rags of Christ. (Ibid.) 1. The strange condition of the mother, that she brought forth a Son, who by nature was no bearer, for she was a virgin. 2. The strange condition of the Babe, the first-begotten Son of God was the first-born Son of flesh and blood. 3. The strange condition of the place, that she laid Him in a manger. 4. The strange condition of men, that there was no room in the inn for Jesus and Mary. (Ibid.)

The Christ-child:—Mother and child! What more beautiful sight, and what more wonderful sight is there in the world? What more beautiful? That man must be very far from the Kingdom of God—he is not worthy to be called a man at all—whose heart has not been touched by the sight of his first child in its mother’s bosom. The greatest painters who have ever lived have tried to paint the beauty of that simple thing—a mother with her babe: and have failed. One of them, Rafaelle by name, to whom God gave the spirit of beauty in a measure in which He never gave it, perhaps, to any other man, tried again and again, for years, painting over and over that simple subject—the mother and her babe—and could not satisfy himself. Each of his pictures is most beautiful—each in a different way; and yet none of them is perfect. There is more beauty in that simple everyday sight than he or any man could express by his pencil and his colours. And as for the wonder of that sight I tell you this: That physicians, and the wise men who look into the laws of nature, of flesh and blood, say that the mystery is past their finding out; that if they could find out the whole meaning, and the true meaning of those two words, “mother” and “child,” they could get the key to the deepest wonders of the world—but they cannot. And philosophers who look into the laws of soul and spirit say the same. The wiser men they are, the more they find in the soul of every new-born babe, and its kindred to its mother, wonders and puzzles past man’s understanding. This then we are to think of—God revealed, and shown to men, as a babe upon His mother’s bosom. It was only in the Babe of Bethlehem that the whole of God’s character shone forth, that men might not merely find Him and bow before Him, but trust in Him and love Him, as one who could be touched with the feeling of their infirmities. A God in need! a God weak! a God fed by mortal woman! a God wrapt in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger! If that sight will not touch our hearts, what will? God has been through the pains of infancy, that He might take on Him not merely the nature of a man, but all human nature, from the nature of the babe on its mother’s bosom, to the nature of the full-grown and full-souled man, fighting with all his powers against the evil of the world. All this is His, and He is all; that no human being, from the strongest to the weakest, from the oldest to the youngest, but may be able to say, “What I am, Christ has been!” (C. Kingsley.)

The Advent exalts human relations:—Why was it that the Eternal Son, when He abandoned that “glory which He had with the Father before the world was,” and determined to be “the Man Christ Jesus,” was pleased to make His apparition on the scene of the world even as others do; to be the infant and the child before He was the man; to be subject to the filial obligation in the fulness of its legitimate extent; and to be all this in a situation in which such ties were stripped of all that could recommend them, apart from their own intrinsic value—a situation in which wealth could not adorn, nor authority dignify them? Assuredly one prominent reason was that, separating, by means so much more intelligible than argumentative statements, what was essentially excellent in human nature from its depravations and corruptions, He might bestow a special dignity upon those primary connections of human life upon which the rest so mainly depend, and in which the tenderer and better affections of the heart find, and were meant by our Creator to find, their peculiar sphere of exercise. Nothing can more truly show that nature and revelation came from the same hand, than the assumption into revelation of all that is innocent in nature. When God, as Creator of the world, bound together all the variety of human connections by all the variety of corresponding affections, He wrought a work destined for everlasting. Dispensations may change, but these things are not meant to change. And thus it is that, when from the perusal of the New Testament a man descends into the charities of social life, things do not seem changed in their position, but wonderfully beautified in their complexion; a Diviner glow rests upon them and a holier sanctity. There is a change, but it is a change that adorns without disturbing. It is as if a man who had lived in a twilight world, where all was dimly revealed and coldly coloured, were suddenly to be surprised with the splendour of a summer noon. Objects would still remain, and relations be still unbroken; but new and lovely lights and shadowings would cover them: they would move in the same direction as before, but under an atmosphere impregnated with brighter hues, and rich with a light that streamed direct from heaven. I. Then, by what means could this high result have been attained with such force, directness, and certainty, as has been effected in the adoption by our God of those very connections? So far, you can perceive a strong reason for the manner of Christ’s incarnation—for His advent among us in the simplicity of our ordinary manhood. You can perceive that it conferred an inexpressible dignity upon the relation, above all others, of the mother and the child. II. I would add that of His design to exalt this as well as the other natural relations, to make them high and sacred elements in the religion He was about to establish, a most lovely proof is insinuated in the constant employment of all these connections and feelings to symbolize the eternal realities of the spiritual world. III. The passage before us speaks not merely of the “first-born,” but of her who bore Him, and whose mysterious agonies were unsupported by the aids of wealth and the appliances of luxury; who was rejected when she would have given to the Immortal Infant the common comforts of that trying hour; and who had to place among the beasts of the field, less insensate than man, the “life of the world” thus cast forth to die. How wondrous, how unfelt before or since, the communion of that mother and that Son! With the full remembrance of His supernatural descent, to sit at the same daily table for all those long and untold years that preceded the public ministry of the great prophet; to recognize in Him at once the babe of her bosom and the God of her immortality; to catch, ever and anon, those mystic echoes of eternity which the deeper tones of His converse would reveal, and to behold, plainer and plainer, as He grew, the lineaments of the God impressed upon the wondrous inmate of her humble home; surely these were experiences to dignify that mother in our thoughts; yea, to give a glory and a hallowing to maternity itself for ever. IV. One point, above all others, added a peculiar interest to that wondrous connection. The virgin and her Son stood alone in the world! alone in the long line of the human race! He, with whom she was so awfully, yet endearingly connected, could acknowledge no earthly father, no author of His humanity, but that overshadowing Spirit by whose mysterious operation He had been invested with our nature. In that awful hour of Bethlehem there must have mingled with the sorrows of the outcast Virgin the trembling joys of one who knew herself the supernatural channel of the Hope of the human race. And though she might own to the feebleness of the woman in that hour of trial, and deplore amid the unworthy accompaniments of such a scene that “low estate” of “the handmaid of the Lord” which had reduced her to them, yet as she gazed upon that Eternal Child in whom was bound up the regeneration of Israel, of the world, “her soul could magnify the Lord and her spirit rejoice in God her Saviour.” (W. Archer Butler.)

The Saviour and the manger:—For ourselves Christmas Day is one of universal joy; for Jesus Christ’s sake, who as on this day was born, there is a loving sadness. His birth overshadowed His life. His very coming into the world was a heavy prophecy of sorrow.

  1. Born a helpless unknowing babe. Unable to do anything; He was mocked in the hour of His Passion; as being weak and foolish; as one unable to reply to Herod and to Pilate (Isa. 53:7). The burden of our nature was laid upon Him all through His earthly life, which was one long course of sacrifice for others. The weak and suffering are often the workers of the world.
  2. Born without a dwelling. “No room for Him in the inn”; whilst living, no home for Him in Jerusalem or elsewhere (Matt. 8:20). In death He had no tomb or sepulchre of His own. Quite possible to do a mighty work for the world, and yet have no lot or portion in it.

III. Born in darkness. Just after midnight; died in darkness “over the whole land,” just after midday. The Light of the world came into it at dark, to make it bright with His presence, which presence being taken away, left it dark again. Type of a soul once enlightened, fallen away into the darkness of sin (Matt. 6:23).

  1. Born on a hard couch. Born in a stable, laid in a manger, He died extended and reposing upon the bitter couch of the cross. A birth, life, and death in hardship. This world a school of discipline to holy souls.
  2. Born between two animals. The ox and the ass were with Him at His birth. He was compelled to breathe out His soul between two thieves, and during His life He received sinners. Conclusion: Every life repeats itself. Marvellous concord between Jesus Christ the Child and Jesus Christ the Man, the manger and the cross, the beginning and the end. (M. Faber.) There was no room for them in the inn.

No room for Christ in the inn:—There were other reasons why Christ should be laid in the manger. 1. It was intended thus to show forth His humiliation. Would it not have been inappropriate that the Redeemer who was to be buried in a borrowed tomb should be born anywhere but in the humblest shed, and housed anywhere but in the most ignoble manner? The manger and the cross, standing at the two extremities of the Saviour’s earthly life, seem most fit and congruous the one to the other. 2. By being in a manger He was declared to be the king of the poor. In the eyes of the poor, imperial robes excite no affection, but a man in their own garb attracts their confidence. Great commanders have readily won the hearts of their soldiers by snaring their hardships and roughing it as if they belonged to the ranks. 3. Further, in being thus laid in a manger, He did, as it were, give an invitation to the most humble to come to Him. We might tremble to approach a throne, but we cannot fear to approach a manger. 4. Methinks there was yet another mystery. This place was free to all. Christ was born in the stable of the inn to show how free He is to all comers. Class distinctions are unknown here, and the prerogatives of caste are not acknowledged. No forms of etiquette are required in entering a stable; it cannot be an offence to enter the stable of a public caravanserai. So, if you desire to come to Christ, you may come to Him just as you are; you may come now. 5. It was at the manger that the beasts were fed; and does the Saviour lie where weary beasts receive their provender, and shall there not be a mystery here? Alas, there are some men who have become so brutal through sin, so utterly depraved by their lusts, that to their own consciences everything manlike has departed; but even to such the remedies of Jesus, the Great Physician, will apply. Even beastlike men may come to Christ, and live. 6. But as Christ was laid where beasts were fed, you will recollect that after He was gone beasts fed there again. It was only His presence which could glorify the manger, and here we learn that if Christ were taken away the world would go back to its former heathen darkness. Christianity itself would die out, at least that part of it which really civilizes man, if the religion of Jesus could be extinguished.

  1. There were other places besides the inn which had no room for Jesus. 1. The palaces of emperors and the halls of kings afforded the Royal Stranger no refuge. 2. But there were senators, there were forums of political discussion, there were the places where the representatives of the people make the laws, was there no room for Christ there? Alas! none. 3. How little room there is for Him in what is called good society. There is room there for all the silly little forms by which men choose to trammel themselves; room for frivolous conversation; room for the adoration of the body; there is room for the setting up of this and that as the idol of the hour, but there is too little room for Christ, and it is far from fashionable to follow the Lord fully. 4. How little room for Him on the exchange. 5. How little room for Him in the schools of the philosophers. 6. How little room has He found even in the Church. Go where ye will, there is no space for the Prince of Peace but with the humble and contrite spirits which by grace He prepares to yield Him shelter.

III. The inn itself had no room for Him. This was the main reason why He must be laid in a manger. 1. The inn represents public opinion. In this free land, men speak of what they like, and there is a public opinion upon every subject; and you know there is free toleration in this country to everything—permit me to say, toleration to everything but Christ. 2. The inn also represents general conversation. Speech is very free in this land, but ah! how little room is there for Christ in general talk. 3. As for the inns of modern times—who would think of finding Christ there?

  1. Have you room for Christ?
  2. If you have room for Christ, then the world has no room for you. It had no room for Joseph or Mary, any more than for the Babe. Who are His father, and mother, and sister, and brother, but those who receive His word and keep it? So, as there was no room for the Blessed Virgin, nor for the reputed father, remember there is no room in this world for any true follower of Christ. 1. No room for you to take your ease. 2. No room for you to sit down contented with your own attainments. 3. No room for you to hide your treasure in. 4. No room for you to put your confidence. 5. Hardly room of sufferance. You must expect to be laughed at, and to wear the fool’s cap in men’s esteem. Will you enlist on such terms? Will you give room for Christ, when there is henceforth no room for you? (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Christ outside of the inn:—1. This was partly the result of ignorance. Had they known He was the Messiah, doubtless they would have acted otherwise. 2. But partly also the result of selfishness. Had there been more of a generous humanity in their hearts, some fitter place would have been found for Mary and her child.

  1. We may take this inn as an emblem of the ungodly world. What is the essential distinction between an inn and a home? In the one, as in the other, a number of individuals dwell together, but “home” involves the idea of vital unity—common life, feeling, experience. In an inn no mutual fellowship; each thinks only of his own interests. When Christ was born, the Roman Empire was just one huge inn, with no real cohesion, no vital unity, amongst the various provinces. Into this world of aggregated interests Christ came; and there was no room for Him. Even the Jewish nation, to whom more especially He came, was split up into sects and parties, each pursuing its own objects, although living under the same roof of a common history and a common religion; and so, when He came unto His own, they received Him not. Is it not the same in the world now?
  2. An emblem of many an unchristian household. Many a household does not at all realize the idea of a “home.” Its members eat and sleep under the same roof; but this is more like an arrangement of temporary necessity than of loving choice. They need Christ as a bond of union; but they do not feel their need of Him, and so for Him they have no room.

III. An emblem of the worldly heart. It might be thought the very spirit of selfishness would impart unity to the worldling’s nature. But no, for while his desires are imperious, they are often mutually conflicting. He needs a governing principle—Christ dwelling in the heart. (T. C. Finlayson.)

Room in the soul for Christ:—As the palace, and the forum, and the inn, have no room for Christ, and as the places of public resort have none, have you room for Christ? “Well,” says one, “I have room for Him, but I am not worthy that He should come to me.” Ah! I did not ask about worthiness; have you room for Him? “Oh,” says one, “I have an empty void the world can never fill!” Ah! I see you have room for Him. “Oh! but the room I have in my heart is so base!” So was the manger. “But it is so despicable!” So was the manger a thing to be despised. “Ah! but my heart is so foul!” So, perhaps, the manger may have been. “Oh! but I feel it is a place not at all fit for Christ!” Nor was the manger a place fit for Him, and yet there was He laid. “Oh! but I have been such a sinner; I feel as if my heart had been a den of beasts and devils!” Well, the manger had been a place where beasts had fed. Have you room for Him? Never mind what the past has been; He can forget and forgive. It mattereth not what even the present state may be if thou mournest it. If thou hast but room for Christ He will come and be thy guest. Do not say, I pray you, “I hope I shall have room for Him;” the time is come that He shall be born; Mary cannot wait months and years. Oh! sinner, if thou hast room for Him let Him be born in thy soul to-day: “To-day if ye will hear His voice harden not your hearts as in the provocation.” “To-day is the accepted time; to-day is the day of salvation.” Room for Jesus! Room for Jesus now! “Oh!” saith one, “I have room for Him, but will He come?” Will He come indeed! Do you but set the door of your heart open, do but say, “Jesus, Master, all unworthy and unclean I look to thee; come, lodge within my heart,” and He will come to thee, and He will cleanse the manger of thy heart, nay, will transform it into a golden throne, and there He will sit and reign for ever and for ever. My Master wants room! Room for Him! Room for Him! I, His herald, cry aloud, Room for the Saviour! Room! Here is my royal Master—have you room for Him? Here is the Son of God made flesh—have you room for Him? Here is He who can forgive all sin—have you room for Him? There is He who can take you up out of the horrible pit and out of the miry clay—have you room for Him? Here is He who, when He cometh in, will never go out again, but abide with you for ever to make your heart a heaven of joy and bliss for you—have you room for Him? ’Tis all I ask. Your emptiness, your nothingness, your want of feeling, your want of goodness, your want of grace—all these will be but room for Him Have you room for Him? Oh! Spirit of God, lead many to say, “Yes, my heart is ready.” Ah! then He will come and dwell with you. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Christ waiting for room:—Were a man to enter some great cathedral of the old continent, survey the vaulted arches and the golden tracery above, wander among the forests of pillars on which they rest, listen to the music of choirs, and catch the softened light that streams through sainted forms and histories on the windows, observe the company of priests, gorgeously arrayed, chanting, kneeling, crossing themselves, and wheeling in long processions before the great altar loaded with gold and gems; were he to look into the long tiers of side chapels, each a gorgeous temple, with an altar of its own for its princely family, adorned with costliest mosaics, and surrounded, in the niches of the walls, with statues and monumental groups of dead ancestors in the highest forms of art, noting also the living princes at their worship there among their patriarchs and brothers in stone—spectator of a scene so imposing, what but this will his thought be: “Surely the Infant of the manger has at last found room, and come to be entertained among men with a magnificence worthy of His dignity.” “But if he looks again, and looks a little farther in—far enough in to see the miserable pride of self and power that lurks under this gorgeous show, the mean ideas of Christ, the superstitions held instead of Him, the bigotry, the hatred of the poor, the dismal corruption of life—with how deep a sigh of disappointment will he confess: “Alas, the manger was better and a more royal honour!” (Horace Bushnell, DD.)

Room in the heart for Christ:—Christ was straitened for room in the inn, and thrust into the stable, that you might open your heart wide, and enlarge it, to give him a habitation to content Him. First, beloved, periculosum est inter delicias poni; ’tis full of peril to rest among pleasures and delights; it is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting (Eccl. 7:2). Adam had his habitation among the sweet savours and most delightful recreations of the garden of Eden; his senses were so filled with objects of pleasures, that he forgot the Lord: therefore Jesus Christ, the second Adam, who came to restore all that was lost, pitched upon the worst corner of the house, where there were no delights at all to move temptation. King’s houses, and well furnished mansions have their occasions of lewdness, but she laid her Son in a manger. Learn from hence to condescend unto the humility of Christ if you mean to ascend unto His glory; for as the custom of those regions was, this manger was a vault cut out of a rock, as low a place as He could cast Himself into; but no man projects so wisely to raise up, mighty building as he that lays a low foundation. It is reported of Sextus Quintus, how he was so far from shame that he was born in a poor cottage, that he would sport with his own fortune, and say he was born in a bright resplendent family, because the sun looked in at every cranny of the house; it is not the meanness of the place that can justly turn to any man’s scorn, nor doth a magnificent palace build up any man’s reputation. Holofernes had a costly tent to cover him, and yet was never the honester; and it was a pretty objection of Plutarch’s against the vain consumption of cost upon the decking of our houses. What do we mean, says he, to be at such cost to deck our chambers? Why will we pay so dear for our sleep, when God, if you please, hath given you that for nothing? the slenderest place served our Saviour to cover His head, “she laid Him in a manger.” (Bishop Hacket.)

Christ seeks entrance into the heart:—Why, since Christianity undertakes to convert the world, does it seem to almost or quite fail in the slow progress it makes? Because, I answer, Christ gets no room, as yet, to work, and be the fire in men’s hearts He is able to be. We undertake for Him as by statecraft and churchcraft and priestcraft. We raise monasteries for Him in one age, military crusades in another. Raymond Lull, representing a large class of teachers, undertook to make the gospel so logical that he could bring down all men of all nations, without a peradventure, before it. Some in our day are going to carry everything by steam-ships and commerce; some by science and the schooling of heathen children; some by preaching agents adequately backed by missionary boards; some by tracts and books. But the work, however fitly ordered as respects the machinery, lingers, and will and must linger, till Christ gets room to be a more complete inspiration in His followers. They gave Him the stable when they ought to be giving Him the inn, put Him in the lot of weakness, keep Him back from His victories, shut Him down under the world, making His gospel, thus, such a secondary, doubtfully real affair, that it has to be always debating in the evidences; instead of being its own evidence, and marching forward in its own mighty power.… And yet Christ has a patience large enough to bear us still; for He came to bear even our sin, and He will not start from His burden, even if He should not be soon through with it. All the sooner ought we to come to the heart so long and patiently grieving for us. Be it ours to make room for Him, and to stretch ourselves to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. (Horace Bushnell, D.D.)

Shutting out Jesus:—Unless the Holy Spirit has been really given, these are the words which we may see written up here, and there, and everywhere—even in this professedly Christian land—“No room for Jesus here!” You can scarcely find an inn literally—a hotel, a public-house, or a beer-shop—where these words are not too plainly written up—“No room for Jesus here.” They are written, too, over the doors of how many so-called places of amusement—theatres, ball-rooms, and such like: “No room for Jesus here!” But not only so; over how many places of business are there these same words! In how many private houses—drawing-rooms, dining-rooms, parlours, and kitchens—may we look up and see the same sad words—“No room for Jesus here!” And written on all these why? “Who dares,” you say, “to write such words?” They write them—every one writes them, wherever he goes, who has an unchanged heart; for upon every heart that is not changed—whether it beats in the bosom of a prince or a peasant, of a professing Christian or a professing heathen—the same sad, solemn words are written deep—“No room for Jesus here!” (Henry Wright, M.A.)

Christ found in lowly places:—And very like this world was that inn. Room and smiling welcome for the rich and the reveller: no room for the heavy-laden and the poor. And very like—because that which we see without in others we can find within ourselves, if we look—is our own heart unto that inn. Room, ample room, for pride and display, luxury and indolence: no room for humility and meekness, self-denial and holy work. Yet, as surely as Christ was born, nigh upon 2,000 years ago, in a manger, so is He born now in lowly homes and hearts. Does not your own experience correspond with this? Have you not found Christ in poverty rather than in plenteousness, in suffering rather than in merriment, in solitude rather than in multitudes, in the stable rather than the inn? When have you prayed most vehemently? When have you seemed to know most clearly that you had a soul which could never die, though the body might be buried in a week? it has been, when you have been sent away from the din and excitement of the world, to the lonely, silent places of affliction; affliction in others, or in yourself, alike meant to lead us unto Christ. To be always in the inn, always and altogether in the uproar, and heat, and enjoyment of the world; that would be death to us as Christians, death to our spiritual life. (Canon S. Reynolds Hole.)

The disowned Saviour:—You are all familiar, perhaps, with the story of Ulysses, the great Greek warrior, king of the island of Ithaca, and one of the most illustrious heroes of the Trojan war. After an absence from his home for twenty years—years consumed in wars and wanderings—he returned to his island empire to find his palace beset by a circle of gay young lords, who were not only consuming his substance and wasting his resources in riotous living, but were adding insult to injury, on the one hand by usurping the reins of power in his dominions, and on the other by their infamous proposals, or, at least, by mutually vying for the hand of his beloved and longsuffering Penelope. Wisely, he did not at once make himself known. Had he done so, it might have cost him his life. Nay, doubtless, had he promptly revealed himself in his own proper character, these graceless suitors would not have hesitated instantly to put him out of his own house—incontinently and unceremoniously to order him off his own premises and out of his own kingdom. More likely still, they would have taken measures effectually to compass his death. Do you say that that was pretty rough treatment? I agree with you; and yet it was not more so than that which, eighteen hundred years ago, was accorded to the Son of Man. When the Saviour of men came into this world, His own world, the world He had made with His own hands and was about to redeem with His own blood, there was yet found in it no room for Himself. No room! Hustled out of the inn where others found accommodation, the Divine Son of Mary and of God was left to creep into the world, as it were, through a back door—to be ushered into His earthly existence surrounded only by the wondering beasts of the stall. (R. H. Howard.)

Christ waiting to find room:—On the birth and birthplace of Jesus there is something beautifully correspondent with His personal fortunes afterwards, and also with the fortunes of His gospel, even down to our own age and time. He comes into the world as it were to the taxing, and there is scant room for Him even at that. My subject is the very impressive fact that Jesus could not find room in the world, and has never yet been able to find it.

  1. See how it was with Him in His life. Herod’s massacre of innocents; parents unable to understand Him, to take in conception of His Divine childhood; John the Baptist growing doubtful, and sending to inquire whether He is really the Christ; Rabbis with no room in their little theologies for His doctrine; His own disciples getting but slenderest conception of His person and mission from His very explicit teachings.
  2. So if we speak of Christendom, it might seem as if Christ had certainly gotten room, so far, to enter and be glorified in human society. But (a) what multitudes of outlying populations are there that have never heard of Him. And (b) of the states and populations that acknowledge Him, how little of Christ, take them altogether, can there be said to be really in them?

III. To take a closer inspection. Great multitudes utterly reject Him, and stay fast in their sins. They have no time to be religious, or the sacrifices are too great; some too poor, others too rich. Some too much honoured, and some too much want to be. Some in their pleasures, some in their expectations. Some too young, some too old, &c. The great world thus under sin, even that part of it which is called Christian, is very much like the inn at Bethlehem, preoccupied, crowded full in every part, so that, as the mother of Jesus looked up wistfully to the guest-chambers that cold night, drawing her Holy Thing to her bosom, in like manner Jesus Himself stands at the door of these multitudes, knocking vainly, till His head is filled with dew, and His locks are wet with the drops of the night.

  1. Churchcraft meantime has been quite as narrow, quite as sore a limitation as statecraft.
  2. And the attempted work of science, calling itself theology, is scarcely more equal to its theme. VI. But the most remarkable thing is that, when the old niggard dogma of a bigot age and habit give way, and emancipated souls begin to look for a new Christianity and a broader, worthier faith, just then everything great in the gospel vanishes more strangely than before. Faith becomes mere opinion, love a natural sentiment, piety itself a blossom on the wild stock of nature. Jesus, the Everlasting Word, dwindles to a mere man. The Holy Spirit is made to be very nearly identical with the laws of the soul. The new Christianity, the more liberal, more advanced belief, turns out to be a discovery that we are living in nature just as nature makes us live. Salvation there is none; nothing is left for a gospel but development, with a little human help from the excellent Person, Jesus. Is it not time that Christ our Master should begin to be more fitly represented by His people. Be it yours, then, to make room for Him, even according to the greatness of His power—length, breadth, depth, height. (H. Bushnell, D.D.)

A fit nursery for the Holy Child:—We try to realize the scene and situation of which the text tells us; and we feel that the stable and the manger were not a fit nursery and cradle for the Holy Child. The best house in Bethlehem, and the fairest chamber in it, would have been honoured by that wondrous birth And pious fancy, offended at the lowly birthplace of the Lord, has constructed legends in the hope to hide its shame. They say that the cave in which the Virgin rested glowed with a glorious light as soon as she entered it, and that this light, excelling the brightness of the sun, remained within the cave as long as she was there. We share the feeling out of which such legend grew. And yet, while lamenting that, through want of room, the Saviour should have been born in such a lowly place, it may be that we are not giving Him the best accommodation that we can. For want of room He may be pushed away into some cold corner of our hearts, and to some small apartment of our thoughts. Even in our worship He has often less room than He claims. There is not a precious thing we have that does not owe some of its preciousness to Him. Our lives would be sad indeed, and all our merriment would be but a surface thing, like a hollow laugh or ghastly smile, that seeks to hide our inward wretchedness, were it not for those bright hopes that Christ has enabled us to cherish. If we trace them back to their source we shall find them all in Him. Let us find room for Him then amid all the gladness of this season and all the pleasures of this day. (E. A. Lawrence.)

A fit prelude to a life of poverty, humiliation, and sacrifice:—By a vision of the night God could have prepared the keeper of the inn for the reception of the world’s Saviour; by a message conveyed by angelic lips He could have commanded the most sumptuous welcome which earth’s palaces could afford; He who created the beauties which smiled on the bosom of paradise could have called into existence a garden blooming with flowers which never graced primeval Eden, and amid its blushing charms the “Rose of Sharon” might have budded. But no! In God’s estimation, what difference is there between a palace and a manger? Whatever Christ touched He dignified. The king, untouched by Christ, is blind and miserable and naked. The pauper in whose heart Christ abides is gifted with loftiest dignity. Christ shed a glory round that Eastern stable. Had infant Cæsars pillowed their heads in the manger it would have been a manger still; but Christ having found a cradle there, the manger is henceforth distinguished by such a glory as never shone on the palaces of kings. (Dr. Parker.)

NO ROOM FOR JESUS.

He was cradled in a manger;

His own angels sung the hymn

Of rejoicing at His coming,

Yet there was no room for Him.

Oh, my brothers, are we wiser,

Are we better now than they?

Have we any room for Jesus

In the life we live to-day?

Not much room for our Lord Jesus

Has there been, or will there be;

Room for Pilate and for Herod—

Not for Him of Calvary.

Room for pleasures—doors wide open,

And for business,—but for Him

Only here and there a manger,

Like to that at Bethlehem.

(Anon.)

NEW PRINCE, NEW POMP.

The inns are full; no man will yield

This little pilgrim bed;

But forced He is with silly beasts

In crib to shroud His head.

Despise Him not for lying there;

First what He is inquire:

An Orient pearl is often found

In depth of dirty mire.

Weigh not His crib, His wooden dish,

Nor beasts that by Him feed;

Weigh not His mother’s poor attire,

Nor Joseph’s simple weed.

This stable is a prince’s court,

The crib His chair of state;

The beasts are parcel of His pomp,

The wooden dish His plate.

The persons in that poor attire

His royal liveries wear;

The Prince Himself is come from heaven:

This pomp is praised there.

With joy approach, O Christian wight!

Do homage to thy King;

And highly praise this humble pomp

Which He from heaven doth bring.

(R. Southwell.)

No room for Christ:—That night in Bethlehem, if Joseph had gone to some house and made them thoroughly understand that the Lord of Glory was about to be born in that village, they would have said, “Here is the best room in our house. Come in; come in. Occupy everything.” But when Joseph asked at this house and that house and the other house, they said, “No room on the floor, no room on the lounge, no room for Christ.” Ah! that has been the trouble in all the ages. The world has never had room for Him. No room in the heart, for here are all the gains and the emoluments of the world that are coming up to be enrolled, and they must find entertainment and lodging. Every passion full. Every desire full. Every capacity of body, mind, and soul full. No room for Christ. Room for all unholy aspirations, room for self-seeking, room for pride, room for Satan, room for all the concerted passions of darkness, but no room for Jesus. I go into a beautiful store. I find its shelves crowded with goods, and the counter crowded, and the floor crowded. It is crowded even to the ceiling. They have left just room enough in that store for commercial men, for bargain-makers, for those who come to engage in great mercantile undertakings, but no room in that store for Christ. I go into a house. It is a beautiful home. I am glad to see all those beautiful surroundings. I am glad to see that the very best looms wove those carpets, and the best manufactory turned out those musical instruments. There is no gospel against all that. But I find no Christ in that household. Room for the gloved and the robed; room for satin sandals and diamond head-gear; room for graceful step, and obsequious bow, and the dancing up and down of quick feet; room for all light, and all mirth, and all music; but—hear it, O thou Khan of Bethlehem—hear it, you angels who carolled for the shepherds in Bethlehem—no room in that house for Christ! No room in the nursery, for the children are not taught to pray; no room in the dining-hall, for no blessing is asked on the food; no room in the sleeping apartment, for God’s protection is not asked for the night. Jesus comes, and He retorts. He says, “I come to this world, and I find it has no room for Me; but I have room for it. Room in My heart—it beats in sympathy with all their sorrows. Room in My Church—I bought it with My blood. Room in heaven. Room in the anthem that never dies. Room in the banner procession. Room in the joys eternal. Room in the doxologies before the throne. Room for ever.” (Dr. Talmage.)

A night in a Syrian inn:—I found the house consisted of only one very lofty room, about eighteen feet square. Just within the door a donkey and a yoke of oxen stood; and I soon perceived that rather more than one-third of the room was set apart for cattle, where the floor, which was on a level with the street, was of earth, and partially strewn with fodder. Suddenly the idea entered my mind that it must have been in such a house as this that Christ was born. I imagined Joseph anxiously seeking rest and shelter for Mary after her long journey. All the guest-chambers were already filled. The raised floor was crowded with strangers who had, like them, come to be taxed. But Joseph and Mary may have taken refuge from the cold in the lower part of the room. The manger was very likely close by Mary’s side, hollowed out at the edge of the dais, and filled with soft winter fodder. I raised my head and looked at one of the mangers, and I felt how natural it was to use it as a cradle for a newly-born infant. Its size, its shape, its soft bed of fodder, its nearness to the warm fire always burning on the daïs in mid-winter, would immediately suggest the idea to an Eastern mother. (Rogers.)

No room for Jesus:—Before you utterly damn this unnamed Jewish inn-keeper and his seemingly unfeeling guests, pray be reasonable, and consider three things in abatement. (1) That you bring to the judgment a culture in the humanities which you owe entirely to this Jesus, who had not yet been born; and (2) that the inn-keeper had reasons for his conduct quite as valid as those which are perpetually allowed among men; and (3) that towards this very same Jesus you and I have behaved much worse than did these people whom we are so forward to denounce.

  1. As to the first. Men are generally guilty of holding their fellows to account for a measure of light and culture which those fellow-men do not possess, but which their judges do.
  2. But as to the second—Let us see what reasons probably influenced the inn-keeper, and whether the mass of mankind would not think those reasons quite valid. 1. He turned them off because they were not known. It is a busy time. The imperial edict for the enrolment of the provinces is bringing multitudes from the country to town. At this juncture two unknown people present themselves. One is a young woman. Her condition betrays itself. Who are they? The inn-keeper does not know them. Now, under the circumstances, would not such a reception as they received in Bethlehem be awarded to persons in similar condition at a majority of houses in Christendom on any Christmas Day? 2. Their appearance and the condition of their luggage were against them. You know what is meant by a “carpet-bag,” on one hand, and on the other by a “Saratoga trunk,” and what a bid for attention a man makes by his luggage. Little did Joseph and Mary have. The inn-keeper had his regular customers. They were substantial citizens from the neighbouring country. To bring in two strangers for a night might be to drive off a dozen good, responsible customers for ever. For you must mark that the real glory of Mary and Jesus was unknown to this tavern-keeper, and was really unsuspected. 3. They were poor and could not pay. It would have greatly increased the bill of a rich couple who should have demanded the turning of a guest from his apartments to make way for themselves in an emergency. III. Now in the third case, after you have considered the difference made in our culture by the blessed Jesus, and all the reasons which the inn-keeper had for turning Mary into the stable because he had no room for her and Jesus in the inn, before you pronounce sentence, make some little examination into the question whether we have not treated Jesus worse than He was treated in Bethlehem. The decision of that question will obviously much depend upon the space in our hearts and lives which Jesus is allowed by us to occupy. Are there not some of us who never permit Him to come upon our premises? So present is He everywhere among men by the power of His principles and His Spirit, that it is not possible to exclude Him utterly, and yet, so far as our responsibility is concerned, we do keep Him out to the whole extent of our failure to give Him a welcome to our thoughts, to our affections, and to our activities. Does He have ample welcome to all these departments of our existence? Does He have the chief place in our thoughts—the best place in our love—the largest place in our work? Is He welcomed and honoured? 1. Jesus is kept out of your heart because you do not know Him. Your ignorance is wilful. Recollect that He does not come unborn to you, as He did to the inn-keeper in Bethlehem. He comes to you with all His history of growth and beauty, of truth and activity, of self-denial and suffering, of love and power. The innkeeper of Bethlehem will rise up in the Judgment with many men of this generation and condemn them—because he turned away an unaccredited woman, and you reject the acknowledged Lord of Glory. 2. And you have the inn-keeper’s second reason: it will drive other guests away. Perhaps it would turn other guests out of your heart, perhaps not. If any depart because Jesus came, you ought to be glad of their departure. Here is a whole room full of the members of the large family of the Pleasures. They are many, and they are exacting. They take large space, for they live widely. Many of them are most deceptive, having stolen the garb and imitated the manners of the most reputable and solid Enjoyments. These latter are the most pleasant and among the most respectable guests that the heart can entertain. They will stay with Jesus, while those wild and giddy and profitless things you call Pleasures would better have no place in your affections. You were not born to be amused, but to be disciplined. And there is Business, taking up almost all your heart and head, and crowding you, and calling you, and bothering you, until you are so nervous that you can hardly eat or sleep. Room for darkness, and no room for light; room for foulness, and no room for purity; room for death, but no room for life! Every story from attic to basement crowded, and Jesus turned out into the stable! 3. But the inn-keeper sent Mary to the stable because it would not be remunerative to entertain her in his house. He would have been compelled to turn out some well-known and liberally-paying guests. You know Him to be a Prince, for whose sake every reasonable man would think it quite the proper thing to dismiss any other guest. Does not “pay” to entertain Jesus! Did you ever know a man who took Jesus into his intellect, and worked up his studies under that Great Master, and not grow in profoundness of thought and width of range of intellectual vision? Did you ever know an artist give Jesus a lodging, and not thereby have all his æsthetic nature quickened and purified and brightened? Did you ever know any man to conduct any business for Jesus, permeating his life with the Spirit of Jesus, basing his plans on the principles taught by Jesus, and laying every profitable income of his trade as a tribute at the feet of Jesus, who did not thrive and increase and have happiness along the whole line of his business career? Is He going away? It may be that your years are drawing to a close. Has He grown weary of your insulting dismissals? Stop! Lord Jesus Christ! O Son of Mary, stop! Do not leave such of the readers of this page as have said to Thee, “No room!” It must not be. I seem to hear these busy men in future knocking passionately and desperately at the gate of mercy, but without love of Jesus, and out of the solemn profoundness of eternity there comes the crushing echo, “No room!” And conscience shrieks to them, “No room! No room among the crowns and songs and glories of heaven for the hearts that had no room for Jesus!” (C. F. Deems, D.D.)[13]

7. Because there was no room for them in the inn. We see here not only the great poverty of Joseph, but the cruel tyranny which admitted of no excuse, but compelled Joseph to bring his wife along with him, at an inconvenient season, when she was near the time of her delivery. Indeed, it is probable that those who were the descendants of the royal family were treated more harshly and disdainfully than the rest. Joseph was not so devoid of feeling as to have no concern about his wife’s delivery. He would gladly have avoided this necessity: but, as that is impossible, he is forced to yield, and commends himself to God. We see, at the same time, what sort of beginning the life of the Son of God had, and in what cradle3 he was placed. Such was his condition at his birth, because he had taken upon him our flesh for this purpose, that he might “empty himself” (Phil. 2:7) on our account. When he was thrown into a stable, and placed in a manger, and a lodging refused him among men, it was that heaven might be opened to us, not as a temporary lodging, but as our eternal country and inheritance, and that angels might receive us into their abode.[14]


2:7 there was no guest room available for them. The Greek word traditionally translated “inn” (katalyma) normally denotes a guest room in a private house (as in 22:11); Luke uses a different word for a commercial inn in 10:34, and it is questionable whether Bethlehem was a large enough settlement to have an “inn” as such. A slightly more affluent village home might have an additional room for guests either alongside the main living room or built on the roof (cf. 2 Kings 4:10). Perhaps it was already occupied by other relatives who were in town for the census. So Jesus was born among the family in the living room (see above for the “manger”). The circumstances were humble and perhaps inconvenient in contrast to an emperor’s palace, but the scene is one of warmth and acceptance in a family home, not of rejection and squalor.[15]


7 The word katalyma (GK 2906), usually translated “inn,” may mean a room (e.g., the “guest room” used for the Last Supper [22:11], referred to as an “upper room” in 22:12), a billet for soldiers, or any place for lodging, which would include inns (cf. L. Paul Trudinger, “ ‘No Room in the Inn’: A Note on Luke 2:7,” ExpTim 102 [1991]: 172–73). It is not, however, the usual Greek word for an inn—pandocheion (GK 4106), to which the Good Samaritan took the robbery victim (10:34). As the etymology of the word—pan (“all,” GK 4246) and dechomai (“receive,” GK 1312)—suggests, inns accepted all kinds of people, often the worst. Stories were told of discomfort and even of robberies at inns.

Luke could have painted a sordid picture, had he so desired. Instead he uses the general word for a lodging place and states the simple fact that when Mary’s time came, the only available place for the little family was one usually occupied by animals. It may have been a cave, as tradition suggests, or some part of a house or inn. Even today in many places around the world farm animals and their fodder are often kept in the same building as the family quarters. The eating trough, or “manger,” was ideal for use as a crib. Luke does not seem to be portraying a dismal situation with an unfeeling innkeeper as villain. Rather, he is establishing a contrast between the proper rights of the Messiah in his own “town of David” (v. 4) and the very ordinary and humble circumstances of his birth. Whatever the reason, even in his birth Jesus was excluded from the normal shelter others enjoyed (cf. 9:58). This is consistent with Luke’s realistic presentation of Jesus’ humanity and servanthood.[16]


[1] Hultberg, A. (2017). Luke. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1260). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Luter, A. B. (2017). Luke. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1605). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[3] Perrodin, J., & Hultberg, A. (2017). Luke. In S. McDowell (Ed.), The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (p. 1258). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[4] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Lk 2:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1457). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 2:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[7] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1948). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[8] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Lk 2:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1252). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[10] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 232). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[11] Zuber, K. D. (2014). Luke. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1559). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[12] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 2:7). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[13] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: St. Luke (Vol. I, pp. 119–129). London: James Nisbet & Co.

[14] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, p. 112). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[15] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (pp. 33–34). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[16] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 76). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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January 22 – God is just — Reformed Perspective

For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. – Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-18

God’s justice means God gives us only and always strictly what we deserve. Justice is a glorious attribute which, on the one hand, can be very comforting, but, on the other hand, can make us tremble.

  • It can be very comforting when we (have) experienced abuse, injustice and are hurt by the sins of others, or when we groan about the results of our fall into sin. At Sodom’s destruction, Abraham was comforted by this thought, “Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
  • Meanwhile, it can make us tremble to think what would happen if God would give us sinners perfect justice. It would mean that you and I would be enduring the destructive fires of God’s wrath in hell; none of us are exempt.

We know everything God does is perfect; His judgments are perfect! He is truth-filled and without any injustice. Yet, perhaps you wonder, how can we rejoice in and celebrate God’s glorious justice? We can when, like Lot, we flee out of sinful Sodom to Zoar, or to echo our text, when we flee to the Rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ! On Golgotha, He received the just punishment we deserve for our sin. Now He can be both just and the Justifier of those who believe in Him. That’s perfectly satisfying justice!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for His satisfied justice in Christ. Pray that we would not forget this, especially in times when we feel entitled, discontent, and are tempted to grumble, or slow to leave our sins. Christ paid dearly to earn justice exalting God’s mercy.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek has been serving the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville since 2017. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

January 22 – God is just — Reformed Perspective

January 24 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

All Glory to God in the Sky
Luke 2:14; Philippians 2:9; Revelation 22:20

All glory to God in the sky,
and peace upon earth be restored!
O Jesus, exalted on high,
appear, our omnipotent Lord!
Who, meanly in Bethlehem born,
did stoop to redeem a lost race,
Once more to your creatures return,
and reign in your kingdom of grace.

CHARLES WESLEY (1707–1788)

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2013). 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas. Lexham Press.

Remembering Joy in Misery
Psalm 137:1–7

No greater grief than to remember days
Of joy, when misery is at hand.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Life’s Uncertainty — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:69 (NIV)

Because the well runs dry, we know Jesus is the river of living water (John 4).

Because the storm rages, we know Jesus is the Lord of the storms (Matthew 14).

Because the floods overwhelm, we know Jesus is the rock on which to build (Matthew 7).

Because the foundation shivers, we know Jesus is the cornerstone that will not move (Matthew 21).

Because sickness comes, we know Jesus is the healer (Matthew 4).

Because we’re bankrupt through the debt of sin, we know Jesus is our redeemer (Galatians 3).

Because we grieve, we know Jesus is the voice calling from the shore, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” (John 21).

Because we’re full of doubt, we know Jesus is the nail-scarred palm inviting our touch (John 20).

Jesus taught in the “nasty now-and-now” because he knew disciples with focused faith are never made in the classroom; we’re made in the uncertainty of life as we come face-to-face with “I can’t, but God can.”

If we will allow it, our circumstances drive us deeper into the heart of God, and we change because we have believed and come to know the Holy One of God (John 6:69).

by Jon Walker
Used by Permission


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•  What a Friend we Have in Jesus
• Alone But Not Lonely

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January 22 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Exhibiting Right Doctrine by Works
Hebrews 10:24; James 2:14–26

Among us you will find uneducated persons, and artisans, and old women, who, if they are unable in words to prove the benefit of our doctrine, yet by their deeds exhibit the benefit arising from their persuasion of its truth: They do not rehearse speeches, but exhibit good works; when struck, they do not strike again; when robbed, they do not go to law; they give to those that ask of them, and love their neighbors as themselves.

ATHENAGORAS OF ATHENS

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Not Created to Live Like Brutes
Proverbs 4:7; 23:23; Daniel 4:25, 32; 5:21

Call to mind from whence you sprang:
You were not form’d to live the life of brutes,
But virtue to pursue and knowledge high.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Hardened Hearts Broken by Striking
2 Corinthians 7:10–11

If a hardened heart be to be broken, it is not stroking, but striking that must do it.… The heart is not melted into godly sorrow, nor raised to the life of faith and love, by the bubbles of a frothy wit, or by a game at words, or useless notions, but by the illuminating beams of sacred truth, and the attraction of divine displayed goodness, communicated from a mind that by faith has seen the glory of God, and by experience found that he is good, and that lives in the love of God: such a one is fitted to assist you first in the knowledge of yourselves, and then in the knowledge of God in Christ.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Continuing in Fear — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15:58

The Bible talks about fear and conquering it. But sometimes, I think we believe we have to have conquered our fears before going out and doing what God has called us to do. That’s an untrue assumption.

Elisabeth Elliot once said,

“Sometimes when we are called to obey, the fear does not subside and we are expected to move against the fear. One must choose to do it afraid.”

Fear is something we should tackle and conquer as the Bible clearly points out, but if we use fear as our excuse for not obeying God, then we’re going about things the wrong way. Sometimes we don’t quite have fear conquered, yet we still need to take a leap of faith, trust God, and push forward in whatever it is that God has commanded us to do.

Maybe you were asked to speak somewhere, share your faith, lead a Bible study, or use your talents in a public setting. Maybe you accepted the opportunity, believing God wanted you to accept, but you still haven’t conquered your fear. This is the perfect time to remember not to let fear get the best of you. Fear shouldn’t keep you from leading that Bible study or honoring God through your gifts. Sometimes you just have to move on in faith and do what God wants you to, even in the midst of fear.

Your reward will be greater confidence and joy and seeing God use you to bless others. Fear will have less of a hold on you because you chose to walk in faith.

Dear Lord, as I obey your will, please give me courage to do what you want me to do. Take away the fear as I walk out your plans for me. Amen.

By Ashlea Massie
used be permission
From: http://www.gospelmag.com/authors/ashlea-massie


FURTHER READING

• How did Jesus Pray?
• Attributes of God

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January 22 Afternoon Verse of the Day

1:14 The Word continues the theme of 1:1. Became flesh does not mean the Word stopped being God; rather, the Word was made flesh. Dwelt among us literally means “pitched his tent” (Gk skenoō), an allusion to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle (Ex 25:8–9; 33:7). In the past God demonstrated his presence to his people in the tabernacle and the temple. Now God has taken up residence among his people in the Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ (Jn 1:17). The references to God’s glory hark back to OT passages that describe the manifestation of God’s presence and glory in theophanies (appearances of God), the tabernacle, or the temple (Ex 33:22; Nm 14:10; Dt 5:22). The Greek word monogenēs underlying one and only Son from the Father means “only child” (Jdg 11:34; Jr 6:26; Am 8:10; Zch 12:10). “Only” may mean “one of a kind,” as in the case of Isaac, who is called Abraham’s “one of a kind” son in Gn 22:2, 12, 16 (in contrast to Ishmael, cp. Heb 11:17). In the OT, Israel and the Son of David are called God’s “firstborn” son (see Ps 89:27). The reference to God’s “giving” of his “one and only Son” in Jn 3:16, 18 may allude to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac (Gn 22).

Full of grace and truth recalls “faithful love (Hb chesed) and truth (Hb emet)” in Ex 34:6 (cp. Ex 33:18–19), where the expression refers to God’s covenant faithfulness to his people Israel. According to John, God’s covenant faithfulness found ultimate expression in his sending of his “one and only Son,” Jesus (see textual note at 1:14).[1]


1:14 Ancient Gnostics and modern “New Agers” have often challenged the idea of God taking on human flesh, since “flesh” is seen as inherently corrupt. But Gn 1 stresses that God created the world and everything in it to be completely good. Only later did sin corrupt everything. Jesus, however, was God’s “new creation” and free from sin. God himself became incarnate in order to redeem sinful humanity.[2]


1:14 Perhaps the heresy of incipient Gnosticism, which claimed that Jesus only seemed to be human, is what John combats here. John insists that Christ is truly human: He was tired and thirsty (4:6, 7); He wept (11:35); He was troubled in spirit (12:27; 13:21); and He died (19:30). Without becoming less than God (cf. Phil. 2:5–11), Jesus took upon Himself complete human nature. At His incarnation, God did not become man; He became God-Man. The word translated “dwelt among us” (eskēgnōgsen, Gk.) means literally “pitched His tent” or “tabernacled among us.” John could therefore speak of hearing, seeing, and touching Him (1 John 1:1ff.). Just as the Hebrew shekinah (“glory”), the bright cloud of God’s glorious Person, settled upon the tabernacle (Ex. 24:16); 40:35), even so in Christ, God’s glorious Person dwelt among men.[3]


1:14 the Word became flesh. This is the climactic assertion of the Prologue. To some of John’s contemporaries, spirit and the divine were utterly opposed to matter and flesh. To others, the gods were thought to visit the earth disguised as human beings (Acts 14:11). But here a chasm is bridged: the eternal Word of God did not merely appear to be a human being, but actually became flesh. He took to Himself a full and genuine human nature. See theological note “Jesus Christ, God and Man” on next page.

dwelt among us. “Dwelt” means “pitched His tent.” This not only indicates the temporary nature of Jesus’ earthly existence, but does so in a way that recalls ancient Israel’s tabernacle, where God could be found (Ex. 40:34, 35).

we have seen his glory. His “glory” is beheld, even as God’s was in the wilderness (Ex. 16:1–10; 33:18–23), in the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–35), and later in the temple (1 Kin. 8:1–11). There may also be a reference to the Transfiguration, since John witnessed it (Matt. 17:1–5). “Glory” applies supremely to God, who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, and before whom all knees must bow. The Son has the divine glory by right (17:5). The Reformers declared their faith with the motto, Soli Deo Gloria (“To God alone the glory”).

the only Son. This phrase translates a single Greek word and explicitly points to the eternal generation of the Son in the Trinity.

full of grace and truth. These words correspond to Old Testament terms describing God’s covenant mercy that are often translated “steadfast love and faithfulness” (Gen. 24:27; Ps. 25:10; Prov. 16:6; cf. Ex. 34:6; Ps. 26:3). The Word made flesh fully manifests the gracious covenant-making and covenant-keeping character of God.[4]


1:14 the Word became flesh Continues the symbolism of v. 1 by describing how the logos took on human form (see note on v. 1).

took up residence The Greek verb used here literally means “to dwell in a tent” and likely alludes to the ot tabernacle as God’s dwelling among His people (see Exod 33:7–11; note on Exod 27:21). Through His Son, God is taking up a post among His people just as He had done for ancient Israel.

his glory Alludes to the manifestations of divine glory in the ot. Yahweh’s presence could be found in the tabernacle or temple (Exod 40:34–38; Num 14:10; 1 Kgs 8:10–11; Isa 6:1).

glory as of the one and only from the Father Emphasizing that the glory of Jesus, the Word, is the same as the glory of God the Father. The Greek term monogenēs, meaning “one and only” carries the sense of uniqueness and special beloved status (compare Heb 11:17). See note on John 3:16.

grace and truth Alluding to two central attributes of the divine character used throughout the ot: steadfast love and faithfulness. Jesus embodies the ultimate expression of God’s covenant loyalty and unmerited favor toward the world that rejected Him. See Exod 34:6 and note; compare Isa 54:10 and note.[5]


1:14 The Word continues the opening words of the prologue in v. 1. Became flesh does not mean the Word ceased being God; rather, the Word, who was God, also took on humanity (cf. Phil. 2:6–7). This is the most amazing event in all of history: the eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinitely holy Son of God took on a human nature and lived among humanity as one who was both God and man at the same time, in one person. Dwelt among us means more literally “pitched his tent” (Gk. skēnoō), an allusion to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle (cf. Ex. 25:8–9; 33:7). In the past, God had manifested his presence to his people in the tabernacle and the temple. Now God takes up residence among his people in the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:17). Thus, the coming of Christ fulfills the OT symbolism for God’s dwelling with man in the tabernacle and the temple. Later, through the Holy Spirit, Christ will make into a temple both the church (1 Cor. 3:16) and a Christian’s body (1 Cor. 6:19). The references to God’s glory refer back to OT passages narrating the manifestation of the presence and glory of God in theophanies (appearances of God), the tabernacle, or the temple (e.g., Ex. 33:22; Num. 14:10; Deut. 5:22). the only Son from the Father. Jesus is the “Son of God,” not in the sense of being created or born (see John 1:3), but in the sense of being a Son who is exactly like his Father in all attributes, and in the sense of having a Father-Son relationship with God the Father. The Greek word underlying “only,” monogenēs, means “one of a kind, unique,” as in the case of Isaac, who is called Abraham’s “one-of-a-kind” son in Heb. 11:17 (in contrast to Ishmael; cf. Gen. 22:2, 12, 16). Thus “only” is a better translation than “only begotten” (made familiar through its use in the kjv). On grace and truth, see note on John 1:16–17.[6]


1:14 the Word became flesh. While Christ as God was uncreated and eternal (see notes on v. 1), the word “became” emphasizes Christ’s taking on humanity (cf. Heb 1:1–3; 2:14–18). This reality is surely the most profound ever because it indicates that the Infinite became finite; the Eternal was conformed to time; the Invisible became visible; the supernatural One reduced Himself to the natural. In the incarnation, however, the Word did not cease to be God but became God in human flesh, i.e., undiminished deity in human form as a man (1Ti 3:16). dwelt. Meaning “to pitch a tabernacle,” or “live in a tent.” The term recalls to mind the OT tabernacle where God met with Israel before the temple was constructed (Ex 25:8). It was called the “tent of meeting” (Ex 33:7; “tabernacle of witness”—LXX) where “the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” (Ex 33:11). In the NT, God chose to dwell among His people in a far more personal way through becoming a man. In the OT, when the tabernacle was completed, God’s She ki nah presence filled the entire structure (Ex 40:34; cf. 1Ki 8:10). When the Word became flesh, the glorious presence of deity was embodied in Him (cf. Col 2:9). we saw His glory. Although His deity may have been veiled in human flesh, glimpses exist in the gospels of His divine majesty. The disciples saw glimpses of His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration (Mt 17:1–8). The reference to Christ’s glory, however, was not only visible but also spiritual. They saw Him display the attributes or characteristics of God (grace, goodness, mercy, wisdom, truth, etc.; cf. Ex 33:18–23). glory as of … the Father. Jesus as God displayed the same essential glory as the Father. They are one in essential nature (cf. 5:17–30; 8:19; 10:30). only begotten. The term “only begotten” is a mistranslation of the Gr. word. The word does not come from the term meaning “beget” but instead has the idea of “the only beloved one.” It, therefore, has the idea of singular uniqueness, of being beloved like no other. By this word, John emphasized the exclusive character of the relationship between the Father and the Son in the Godhead (cf. 3:16, 18; 1Jn 4:9). It does not connote origin but rather unique prominence; e.g., it was used of Isaac (Heb 11:17) who was Abraham’s second son (Ishmael being the first; cf. Ge 16:15 with Ge 21:2, 3). full of grace and truth. John probably had Ex 33, 34 in mind. On that occasion, Moses requested that God display His glory to him. The Lord replied to Moses that He would make all His “goodness” pass before him, and then as He passed by God declared “The Lord … compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth” (Ex 33:18, 19; 34:5–7). These attributes of God’s glory emphasize the goodness of God’s character, especially in relationship to salvation. Jesus as Yahweh of the OT (8:58; “I am”) displayed the same divine attributes when He tabernacled among men in the NT era (Col 2:9).[7]


1:14 — And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Whatever Jesus did, He did with grace. Whatever He said, He said in truth. He was not gracious some of the time and less gracious other times, any more than He varied in the amount of truth He spoke.[8]


1:14 The Word (Gk. logos) who was (continuous existence) God (1:1) became (point action; Gk. ginomai) flesh (Gk. sarx) (1:14). Verse 1 speaks of Christ’s nature and works being outside of space and time, before creation. Verse 14 presents the irruption of Jesus Christ into time and space, even the history of humankind. The Son of God who was from all eternity, at a point in time, took humanity to deity (Phil. 2:5–9). God became human with limitations in time and space. Jesus Christ uniquely and thoroughly identified with us as both God and man. He was fully God and yet He became fully human (He did not have sin but then sin is not part of the nature of humanity, but is an intruder). Since nothing of the essential nature of deity was lost in this event, we might better understand “became” to mean “took to Himself” flesh. John uses the word flesh for the physical nature of persons, not for the sinful disposition (unlike the apostle Paul; Rom. 8:1–11). God the Son will forever exist as a man with a resurrected body (Acts 1:11; compare 1 John 4:2, 3). God dwelt among us, that is, among the apostles. Dwelt comes from the Greek word for tent. It was used in the Greek OT for the tabernacle where the presence of God dwelt. He was not an armchair dictator issuing orders from a parapet of heaven. Rather, He was a man among humanity. In the OT, glory refers to the divine presence (Ex. 33:18). As God manifested His glory in the tabernacle, so Jesus displayed His divine presence before the apostles (18:6; 20:26, 27). Only begotten (3:16, 18) means unique, one of a kind. The same term is used of Isaac (Heb 11:17), who was not the only physical son of Abraham, but was the unique son of promise. All who trust Christ are born of God. In the Gospel of John, these “born ones” are called children of God (vv. 12, 13), but Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He is the only Son who is fully God. He is also full of grace and truth. When God revealed Himself to Moses, He proclaimed Himself to be “abounding in goodness and truth” (Ex. 34:6). As applied to Jesus Christ, this phrase marks Him as the author of perfect redemption and perfect revelation.[9]


1:14. This is the last use of the Word in John’s Gospel as a title for Jesus. John and the other disciples beheld His glory. They saw His glory at the Mount of Transfiguration, in the signs Jesus did, and in His sinless life.

Full of grace and truth refers back to glory. Possibly this alludes to Exodus 33–34 where God (likely the preincarnate Christ) revealed His glory to Moses (see esp. Exod 33:18–19). The glory Jesus manifested was that of the only begotten [or the one and only] of the Father. Jesus was fully gracious and fully truthful.[10]


1:14 The Word became flesh when Jesus was born as a Baby in the manger at Bethlehem. He had always existed as the Son of God with the Father in heaven, but now chose to come into the world in a human body. He dwelt among us. It was not just a short appearance, about which there might be some mistake or misunderstanding. God actually came to this earth and lived here as a Man among men. The word “dwelt” means “tabernacled” or “pitched His tent.” His body was the tent in which He lived among men for thirty-three years.

And we beheld His glory. In the Bible, “glory” often means the bright, shining light which was seen when God was present. It also means the perfection and excellence of God. When the Lord Jesus was here on earth, He veiled His glory in a body of flesh. But there were two ways in which His glory was revealed. First, there was His moral glory. By this, we mean the radiance of His perfect life and character. There was no flaw or blemish in Him. He was perfect in all His ways. Every virtue was manifested in His life in exquisite balance. Then there was the visible outshining of His glory which took place on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1, 2). At that time, Peter, James, and John saw His face shining like the sun, and His garments gleaming like bright light. These three disciples were given a preview of the splendor which the Lord Jesus will have when He comes back to the earth and reigns for a thousand years.

When John said, “We beheld His glory”, he was referring primarily, no doubt, to the moral glory of the Lord Jesus. He and the other disciples beheld the wonder of an absolutely perfect life lived on this earth. But it is likely that John also included the incident on the Mount of Transfiguration as well. The glory which the disciples saw indicated to them that He was truly the Son of God. Jesus is the only begotten of the Father, that is, Christ is God’s unique Son. God did not have any other Son like Him. In one sense, all true believers are sons of God. But Jesus is the Son of God—in a class all by Himself. As the Son of God, He is equal to God.

The Savior was full of grace and truth. On the one hand, full of undeserved kindness for others, He was also completely honest and upright, and He never excused sin or approved evil. To be completely gracious and at the same time completely righteous is something that only God can be.[11]


1:14. The Word (Logos; cf. v. 1) became flesh. Christ, the eternal Logos, who is God, came to earth as man. Yet in doing so, He did not merely “appear” like a man; He became one (cf. Phil. 2:5–9). Humanity, in other words, was added to Christ’s deity. And yet Christ, in becoming “flesh,” did not change; so perhaps the word “became” (egeneto) should be understood as “took to Himself” or “arrived on the scene as.”

“Flesh” in this verse means a human nature, not sinfulness or weakness. In the Greek the words lived for a while among us recall God’s dwelling with Israel in the Old Testament. The word “lived” is eskēnōsen, from skēnē (“tabernacle”). Much as God’s presence was in the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34), so Jesus dwelt among people.

We have seen most naturally implies that the author was an eyewitness. His glory refers to the unique splendor and honor seen in Jesus’ life, miracles, death, and resurrection. The one and only Son (monogenous; cf. John 1:18; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9) means that Jesus is the Son of God in a sense totally different from a human who believes and becomes a child of God. Jesus’ sonship is unique for He is eternal and is of the same essence as the Father. The glorious revelation of God which the Logos displayed was full of grace and truth, that is, it was a gracious and truthful revelation (cf. John 1:17).[12]


1:14. John 1:1–13 and v. 18 focus on the deity of Christ; vv. 14–17 outline the humanity of Christ. The Word became flesh, i.e., He became fully human. The Word dwelt or “tabernacled” (skenoo) on earth. God’s glory, resident in the OT tabernacle, now became resident in Jesus as God’s NT temple (cf. 2:19–21). This begins John’s theme that Jesus has fulfilled the OT system of worship (cf. 4:21). Glory draws on the images of the OT when God manifested Himself to Israel (Ex 16:10; 24:15–17; 33:22), but also encompasses Christ’s incarnation, miracles (Jn 2:11; 11:4, 40), and death, resurrection, and ascension (12:16; 13:31–32; 17:1). The phrase only begotten (monogene) is used for the first of four times in John (1:18; 3:16, 18). NIV, NET, and HCSB translate this word, “one and only,” because it looks at the uniqueness of the Son, not at a “birth.” Isaac is called Abraham’s “only begotten son” (Heb 11:17), but was neither Abraham’s only nor first-born son, though he was certainly Abraham’s “one-of-a-kind” or unique son. Full of grace and truth is to be understood in light of the incarnation (“the Word became flesh”). See v. 17.[13]


1:14. This may be the most important verse in the Bible on the doctrine of the incarnation. John went back to verse 1 to pick up one of his favorite themes, the Word. God became human; God showed us his glory; God offered us grace and truth; God literally “tabernacled” among us. Remember the tabernacle in the center of the camp? It represented the place of the law, the abode of God, the source of revelation, the site of sacrifice, and the focus of worship. Now in the new covenant, Jesus provides all these.

And not only was Jesus here, but he demonstrated the glory of the One and Only. Other prophets, including John the Baptist, were sent from God, but the Word came directly from the Father’s presence. Borchert reminds us of some important implications: “This text makes it absolutely clear that the mission of the Logos was unique in the history of the world. This uniqueness of the Son makes it impossible for Christianity to be a syncretistic religion. In our mission to the world we cannot say ‘Jesus and Caesar’ or ‘Jesus and Buddha,’ and so forth. Our confession is Jesus, the one and only! The early Christians suffered and died because they refused to recognize any other pattern than that which was revealed in Jesus Christ” (Borchert, p. 121).

Finally, we cannot pass lightly over the wonderful phrase, full of grace and truth. John used the word grace again in verses 16 and 17, then never mentioned it for the rest of his Gospel! He used truth many times, but here the combination grabs us. Jesus perfectly blended two of the most important qualities of the divine nature and displayed them in human personality.[14]


1:14 “the Word became flesh” John is attacking the false doctrine of the gnostics, who were attempting to merge Christianity with Greek pagan thought. Jesus was truly man and truly God (cf. 1 John 4:1–3) in fulfillment of the promise of Immanuel (cf. Isa. 7:14). God took up residence as a man among fallen mankind (literally, “pitched His tent”). The term “flesh” in John never refers to the sin nature as in Paul’s writings.

© “dwelt among us” Literally, this is “took up residence.” It had a Jewish background from the wilderness wandering period and the Tabernacle (cf. Rev. 7:15; 21:3). The Jews later called this wilderness experience the “honeymoon period” between YHWH and Israel. God was never closer to Israel than during this period. The Jewish term for the special divine cloud that guided Israel during this period was “the Shekinah,” the Hebrew term “to dwell with.”

© “we saw His glory” This refers to (1) something in Jesus’ life such as the transfiguration or the ascension is or (2) the concept that the invisible YHWH is now visible and fully known. This is the same emphasis as 1 John 1:1–4, which is also an emphasis on the humanity of Jesus in opposition to the false gnostic emphasis on the antagonistic relationship between spirit and matter.

In the OT the most common Hebrew word for “glory” (kbd) was originally a commercial term (which referred to a pair of scales) which meant “to be heavy.” That which was heavy was valuable or had intrinsic worth. Often the concept of brightness was added to the word to express God’s majesty (cf. Ex. 15:16; 24:17; Isa. 60:1–2). He alone is worthy and honorable. He is too brilliant for fallen mankind to behold (cf. Ex 33:17–23; Isa. 6:5). God can only be truly known through Christ (cf. Jer. 1:14; Matt. 17:2; Heb. 1:3; James 2:1).

The term “glory” is somewhat ambiguous: (1) it may be parallel to “the righteousness of God”; (2) it may refer to the “holiness” or “perfection” of God; (3) it could refer to the image of God in which mankind was created (cf. Gen. 1:26–27; 5:1; 9:6), but which was later marred through rebellion (cf. Gen. 3:1–22). It is first used of YHWH’s presence with His people (cf. Ex. 16:7, 10; Lev. 9:23; Num. 14:10).

©

 

NASB, NKJV

 

“glory as of the only begotten from the Father”

 

NRSV

 

“the glory as of a father’s only son”

 

TEV

 

“The glory which he received as the Father’s only Son”

 

JB

 

“the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father”

 

This term “only” (monogenēs) means “unique, one of a kind” (cf. 3:16). The Vulgate translated it “only begotten” and, unfortunately, the older English translations followed this (cf. Luke 7:12; 8:42; 9:38; Heb. 11:17). The focus is on singularity and uniqueness, not sexuality.

© “Father” The OT introduces the intimate familial metaphor of God as Father: (1) the nation of Israel is often described as YHWH’s “son” (cf. Hos. 11:1; Mal. 3:17); (2) even earlier in Deuteronomy the analogy of God as father is used (1:31); (3) in Deut. 32 Israel is called “his children” and God called “your Father”; (4) this analogy is stated in Ps. 103:13 and developed in Ps. 68:5 (the father of orphans); and (5) it was common in the prophets (cf. Isa. 1:2; 63:8; Israel as son, God as Father, 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 3:4, 19; 31:9).

Jesus takes this analogy and deepens it into full family fellowship, especially in John 1:14, 18; 2:16; 3:35; 4:21, 23; 5:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 36, 37, 43, 45; 6:27, 32, 37, 44, 45, 46, 57; 8:16, 19, 27, 28, 38, 42, 49, 54; 10:15, 17, 18, 25, 29, 30, 32, 36, 37, 38; 11:41; 12:26, 27, 28, 49, 50; 13:1; 14:2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 31; 15:1, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 26; 16:3, 10, 15, 17, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 32; 17:1, 5, 11, 21, 24, 25; 18:11; 20:17, 21!

© “full of grace and truth” This coupling follows the OT terms hesed (covenant love and loyalty) and emeth (trustworthiness) which are used together in Prov. 16:6. This describes Jesus’ character (cf. v. 17) in OT covenantal terms. See Special Topic on Truth at 6:55 and 17:3.[15]


1:14. The glory of the Word at the incarnation is the theme of 1:14–18. The fact recorded in verse 14 is not later in time than what has been described in the preceding verses. Rather, it is greater in love. The incarnation—and the realization of its purpose, the crucifixion—is the climax of God’s condescending grace. This is clear from the context; note verses 10, 11: “In the world he was … but the world did not acknowledge him. To his own home he came, but his own people did not welcome him.” And yet in the midst of this ungrateful world he manifested his supreme love. From the infinite sweep of eternal delight in the very presence of his Father, the Word was willing to descend into this realm of misery, to pitch his tent for a while among sinful men: “Veiled in flesh the godhead see.”

And the Word became flesh. (See also 1 John 4:2; Rom. 1:3; 8:3; 2 Cor. 8:9; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5–11; 1 Tim. 3:16; and Heb. 2:14. See on 1:1 for comments on “the Word.”) The verb became has a very special meaning here. Not “became” in the sense of ceasing to be what he was before. When the wife of Lot becomes a pillar of salt, she ceases to be the wife of Lot. But when Lot becomes the father of Moab and Ammon, he remains Lot. So also here: the Word becomes flesh but remains the Word, even God (see verses 1, 18). The second Person of the Trinity assumes the human nature, without laying aside the divine. John everywhere insists—over against heretics (see p. 33)—that the divine and the human nature of Christ became fully united without being fused. The true human nature of Jesus is taught throughout this Gospel (4:6, 7; 6:53; 8:40; 11:33, 35; 12:27; 13:21; 19:28). The relation of the two natures to one another will forever remain a mystery, far above our comprehension; but a better formulation than that which is found in the Symbol of Chalcedon will probably never be found:

“We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood … to be acknowledged in two natures inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably (ἀσυγχύτως, ἀτρέπτως, ἀδιαιρέτως, ἀχωρίστως); the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy fathers has handed down to us.”

The term flesh (σάρξ) has various meanings in the New Testament. In our passage it has reference to human nature, considered not as sinful (8:46), yet for a while with the curse due to sin resting upon it, so that until the ransom had been paid it is subject to weariness, pain, misery, death (4:6, 7; 11:33, 35; 12:27; 13:21; 19:30). It was that kind of “flesh” which the Word assumed in his incomprehensible, condescending love.

And dwelt among us as in a tent. These words (και ἐσκήνωσιν ἐν ἡμῖν) must not be regarded as a mere repetition of that which immediately precedes (“and the Word became flesh”). The idea is rather that the eternal Word which assumed the human nature permanently—though not permanently in its weakened condition—pitched his tent for a while among men, lived among them.

During that same period we—i.e., the evangelist and other eye-witnesses—beheld his glory. The verb beheld (ἐθεασάμεθα) indicates careful and deliberate vision which seeks to interpret its object. It refers, indeed, to physical sight; yet, it always includes a plus, the plus of calm scrutiny, contemplation, or even wonderment. It describes the act of one who does not stare absent-mindedly nor merely look quickly nor necessarily perceive comprehensively. On the contrary, this individual regards an object and reflects upon it. He scans it, examining it with care. He studies it, viewing and considering it thoughtfully (1:32; 4:35; 11:45; Acts 1:11). Thus, while Jesus was walking among them, the eye and mind of the evangelist and of other witnesses had rested on the Incarnate Word, until to some extent they had penetrated the mystery; i.e., they had seen his glory: the radiance of his grace and the majesty of his truth manifested in all his works and words (cf. 2:11), the attributes of deity shining through the veil of his human nature.

A glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. These words of verse 14 lend themselves to various interpretations.

The most natural meaning would seem to be that the glory which the eye-witnesses saw in Jesus was what could be expected with respect to One who is the only begotten from the Father. And this same Person—i.e. the only begotten from the Father—is full of grace and truth. The fact that the evangelist is actually thinking of the fulness of Christ is very clearly stated in verse 16: for of his fulness we all received grace upon grace. Thus, by reading on and on we arrive at the true meaning. We favor this interpretation for the following reasons:

(1) Jesus repeatedly declares that he came forth from God (παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ). See 6:46; 7:29; 16:27; 17:8.

(2) Unless there are sufficient reasons to do otherwise—and, indeed, there sometimes are!—it is a good thing to link a phrase with the substantive that stands closest to it. Hence, we construe from the Father as a modifier of the only begotten. And for the same reason we consider the words full of grace and truth to modify the only begotten from the Father. (Cf. Acts 6:3, 8; 7:55; 11:24.) As already pointed out, it is the fulness of this only begotten Son which receives further elaboration in verses 16 and 17, the context. (Objections against this interpretation are answered in a note. Other explanations are discussed in another note.35)

Accordingly, the glory on which John and others had fixed their adoring gaze is the proper and natural possession of the One whose name is the only begotten from the Father.

The question has often been asked: To what sonship does the term the only begotten from the Father refer? Is it the purely religious sonship, so that Jesus is here considered to have been a child of God in the same sense in which all believers are God’s children? This can be dismissed at once, for in that case the modifier “only begotten” would have no meaning. Is it, then, the Messianic sonship? But even those who maintain that the word μονογενής has nothing to do with the verb γεννάω and merely signifies that Christ was the “only” Son (the only, μόνος, member of a kin, γένος from γίνομαι), and being the only one, was therefore the beloved one, will have to admit that according to the context (see especially 1:1, 18) the sonship here indicated was present from eternity; hence, can have no reference to the Messianic office which was assumed in time. (On the question whether μονογενής should be connected with γίνομαι, to be born [Dutch: Eeniggeboren Zoon] or with γεννάω, to beget [English: only begotten Son] see G. Vos, The Self-Disclosure of Jesus, New York, 1926, pp. 218, 219.)

Is it, perhaps, the nativistic sonship that is discussed in this passage? If so, then the meaning would be that Christ’s human nature is here ascribed to the supernatural paternity of God. But in that case the evangelist would be thinking of one kind of sonship here in verse 14 and of another in verse 18, which is not probable. (See under verse 18.)

We conclude that the reference must be to Christ’s trinitarian sonship, i.e., to the fact that he is the Son of God from all eternity. This is favored by the context (1:1, 18) and by such passages as 3:16, 18, which prove that the Son was already the only begotten before his incarnation.

On this subject H. Bavinck states:

“But the name Son of God when ascribed to Christ has a far deeper meaning than the theocratic: he was not a mere king of Israel who in time became an adopted Son of God; neither was he called Son of God because of his supernatural birth, as the Socinians and Hofman held; neither is he Son of God merely in an ethical sense, as others suppose; neither did he receive the title Son of God as a new name in connection with his atoning work and resurrection, an interpretation in support of which John 10:34–36; Acts 13:32, 33; and Rom. 1:4 are cited; but he is Son of God in a metaphysical sense: by nature and from eternity. He is exalted high above angels and prophets, Matt. 13:32; 21:27; 22:2; and sustains a very special relation to God, Matt. 11:7. He is the beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased, Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35; the only begotten Son, John 1:18; 3:16; 1 John 4:9 ff.; God’s own Son, Rom. 8:32; the eternal Son, John 17:5, 24; Heb. 1:5; 5:5; to whom the Father gave to have life in himself, John 5:26; equal to the Father in knowledge, Matt. 11:27; in honor, John 5:23; in creative and redemptive power, John 1:3; 5:21, 27; in work, John 10:30; and in dominion, Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22; 22:29; John 16:15; 17:10; and because of this Sonship he was condemned to death, John 10:33; Matt. 26:63 ff.” (The Doctrine of God, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1951, p. 270).

Now, with reference to this only begotten One we read that he is full of grace and truth. Of grace, for when he spoke, his messages were filled with unmerited favor for the guilty (e.g., for publicans and sinners), and the same attributes were revealed in his miracles of healing, yea, in his entire life and death, considered as an atoning sacrifice whose very purpose was to merit for his people the grace of God. Of truth, for he himself was the final reality in contrast with the shadows that had preceded him. Great, indeed, was the glory of the only begotten![16]


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Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 22, 2021

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Beltway Elites Kick National Guard to the Curb

Douglas Andrews

“Yesterday,” said the anonymous Guardsman, “dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands, and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”

As well they should.

Our National Guardsmen, summoned to DC from across the nation to protect Joe Biden and his fellow Chicken Little Democrats from the Trump-supporting hordes who never showed, had been staying within the Capitol confines, including the Dirksen Senate Office building, while they rotated through their 12-hour security shifts. Then the Capitol Police summarily told them to grab their gear and get the hell out. No explanation. From there, as Politico reports, “The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall.”

Our National Guardsmen are tough enough, and they’ve no doubt gone to ground under worse conditions. But still, why would the Capitol Police treat them so shabbily?

Apparently, a single Guardsman was found to be without a mask somewhere in a federal building — and that was just too much for one Massachusetts Democrat.

As Breitbart reports, “According to a source, Rep. Will Keating (D-MA) reported to the Capitol building authorities earlier in the day that a National Guardsman was seen in a Dunkin’ Donuts without a mask on. After Keating commented out loud that masks were required to be worn at all times in a federal building, the National Guard member responded, ‘I appreciate my freedom,’ according to the source.”

It’s unclear where, exactly, the Dunkin’ Donuts is located, but suffice it to say that National Guard commanders are now looking for the Guardsman who dared fire back at some smart-mouthed Mask Nazi in a donut shop.

It’s also unclear why Keating hasn’t made so much as a peep about Joe Biden and his family having very publicly flouted that very same mask mandate. Did it ever occur to Keating that maybe this Guardsman, having just finished protecting the Biden inaugural from the mortal threat of a legion of Trump supporters, was simply “celebrating,” like the Biden family was?

Why, it’s almost as if these Democrats are guilty of hypocrisy.

A day earlier, Keating had staged a little photo op with some Guardsmen from his home state. “Grateful for the opportunity today to thank some of the members of @TheNationsFirst deployed to DC from MA,” Keating tweeted for the folks back home. “Thank you to all the guardsmen and guardswomen (from all 54 guards) who have stepped away from family and work to protect the seat of our democracy [sic]. A job well done!”

Oooh, but if I catch just one of you 26,000 without a mask

We’ll say this: Those Beltway folks sure do have some mighty clean parking garages. If only someone could’ve sprung for another couple of Porta-Johns for our troops.

Word of this travesty spread quickly, and Republicans took to Twitter to take the Democrats to task. “Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer,” demanded House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, “why are American troops who are tasked with keeping security at the Capitol being forced to sleep in a parking lot? They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers.”

The Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, but the message from our Beltway elite had already been sent and received.

“If this is true, it’s outrageous,” harrumphed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “I will get to the bottom of this.”

It is true, Chuck. And it was outrageous. And our troops deserved better.

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Biden’s COVID Reset

Thomas Gallatin

Following his inauguration before a near-empty National Mall Wednesday — thanks to the political theatrics of 26,000 National Guard troops present to “prevent violence” and “protect the Capitol” — Joe Biden got busy signing 17 executive orders and acts.

One executive order in particular, Biden’s “100 days to mask” mandate on all federal property, proved to be little other than a publicity stunt designed to promulgate a narrative that Biden is serious about “following the science” in his efforts to end the COVID pandemic. Never mind the fact that the wearing of masks has become nearly ubiquitous in all federal buildings, as well as in airports and most businesses across the country. Furthermore, almost all the states have followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines.

However, when it came to actually following his own EO, Biden couldn’t be bothered. He and his family were caught Wednesday evening touring the Lincoln Memorial not wearing masks. When White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned about it the next day, she dismissively responded, “I think we have bigger issues to worry [about].” Well, so much for all that talk about mask-wearing being a “patriotic duty.”

Speaking of COVID and Biden administration narratives, the effort to paint the Trump administration’s response to combat the pandemic as an abysmal failure went into full swing yesterday, as CNN headlined, “Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start ‘from scratch,’ sources say.” Of course, those sources were unnamed Biden administration officials, and they were clearly speaking fiction.

This fake news is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s repeated claim upon entering office in 2009 that he was actually inheriting an economy in worse shape than originally reported. America was then subject to a steady stream of excuses in the following years. Obama always blamed the Bush administration for his failure to get the economy out of the great recession. Now the Biden administration is setting up to play that same “blame the other guy” game.

On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom Biden chose to keep in his role leading the government’s effort in combating the pandemic, responded to a question from the press regarding this newly seeded narrative.

“Is the Biden administration starting from scratch with the vaccine distribution effort, or are you picking up where the Trump administration left off?” a reporter asked. Fauci answered, “No. I mean, we’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution. … So, [Biden’s plan] is taking what’s gone on and amplifying it in a big way.” The reporter then pressed, “President Biden said that what was left was abysmal. … Is there anything actionable that you’re taking from the previous administration?” Fauci responded, “We’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas with the previous administration. You can’t say it was not usable at all. So, we are continuing, but you’re going to see a real ramping up of it.”

If the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic was so “abysmal,” then why did Biden retain the same guy who led Trump’s COVID team? The simple answer is that it wasn’t an abysmal failure; in fact, it was by almost any objective measure an amazing success given the circumstances.

And what is Biden’s “ramped up” vaccination plan? He wants 100 million Americans vaccinated by the end of his first 100 days. What was the vaccination rate over the last two weeks of the Trump administration? Over 900,000 per day. And let’s not forget that it was under the Trump administration that not one, but two COVID-19 vaccinations were developed in record time.

By seeding this false claim that Biden inherited no vaccine distribution plan, he and his administration, along with their Leftmedia cheerleaders, are attempting to create a faux narrative of gross incompetence on the part of the Trump administration in order that any and all successes can be attributed only to the Biden administration. Even better, Biden can always blame any setbacks on the “abysmal” situation he inherited from Trump. It’s all a fiction, of course, but when did that ever stop the Left?

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Alas, the Paris Accord Is Restored

Jordan Candler

Just over a month ago, we discussed a strategy that President Donald Trump unfortunately never utilized before vacating the White House: Sending the Paris Climate Accord to the Senate for rejection. After all, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution stipulates, “[The president] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.”

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, the man responsible for this reckless pipe dream, slyly abrogated his constitutional responsibility by not sending the accord to the Senate for ratification — with the help of a few Republicans, we might add. In fact, Matt Margolis of PJ Media points out, “Obama, who fancied himself a constitutional scholar, never even attempted to go to the Senate for ratification. Instead, he avoided referring to the agreement as a treaty publicly, in order to argue that Senate ratification wasn’t constitutionally mandated.”

Hmph.

Regrettably, President Trump stuck to his guns by exiting the accord via executive order. Thanks to some finagling established in the accord framework, this EO route auspiciously paved the way for Joe Biden to quickly rejoin it, which he hastily did — again by executive order — shortly after being sworn into office.

As NBC News notes, “On the updated White House website, climate change is second on a list of the administration’s priorities.” But it’s hardly second on voters’ priorities. As Gallup’s Frank Newport writes, “The top five problems facing the country today, from Americans’ viewpoint, are: COVID-19, poor government/poor government leadership, race relations/racism, the economy in general and the need to unify the country.” Furthermore, “The public does not mention climate change with any significant frequency as the nation’s top problem. … Less than half of Americans say they worry a great deal about climate change, and less than half say global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime.”

Populism in the U.S. is on the rise for this very reason. While jet-setting globalists obsess over the unfounded notion that the Paris accord is capable of staving off 1.5°C of global warming, the grassroots Americans worry about their families and paychecks and cultural depravity invading their schools. It’s a chasm that worsens every time Democrats engage in a monolithic, tone-deaf policy that taxes and regulates the citizens of their own country while letting the real polluters, China and India, off with a wrist slap and a promise.

Matt Margolis encouragingly predicts, “With any luck, the moment Biden illegally gets us back into the Paris climate treaty, Republicans will mount a legal challenge to it, and the Supreme Court will rightfully strike it down.” A Supreme Court, we might add, that includes three new stalwart constitutionalists, thanks to President Trump. While we wish it never needed to face the High Court, perhaps Trump, for whatever reason, envisioned a final act in which SCOTUS ultimately nullifies this congressional end run.

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The Prospects for Religious Liberty Under Biden

Michael Swartz

In one of his final acts as president, Donald Trump declared today, January 22, Sanctity of Human Life Day. Trump’s declaration — already archived by the federal government — stated today was a day to “celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.”

We don’t know if this Trump proclamation can be rescinded by Joe Biden, but it led us in our humble shop to wonder how this date will be observed: as a commemoration of the sanctity of life on a date that’s otherwise a grim reminder of Roe v. Wade? Or as a glorious celebration of legalized abortion? (If the latter, brace yourself for Roe’s golden anniversary two years hence.)

While Biden is a professed Catholic — only the second such president in our nation’s history — his track record on abortion is troubling indeed. As NBC News put it, “[Biden’s] position on abortion has evolved throughout his career. Most recently, in 2019, he dropped his long-standing support of the Hyde Amendment, a decades-old policy restricting federal funding for abortions, after having faced mounting criticism. He has also vowed to codify Roe v. Wade and to fight state-level policies limiting access to abortion.” Get that? “Evolved.”

It doesn’t get a whole lot better in other realms of religious liberty. However, James Freeman of The Wall Street Journal strikes a hopeful tone, noting that the Biden administration has had a court case involving religious freedom and gender “transition” procedures dropped into its lap by a North Dakota appeals court. “[Biden] should immediately call off this federal campaign against religious liberty,” declared Freeman, “rather than forcing Tuesday’s winners to continue to slog their way through the court system against a vengeful Washington bureaucracy.”

The reality, however, is that Biden campaigned against religious rights. On the eve of the election, our Thomas Gallatin warned voters, “A vote for Biden is a vote against religious liberty and freedom of speech. It’s a vote against tolerance. It’s a vote against the core ideal of religious liberty upon which America was built.” In this case, Gallatin was decrying the Biden pledge of passing the Equal Rights Amendment in his first 100 days, creating a “right” of sexual “identity” regardless of biological sex (a.k.a. the science).

Biden has since doubled down on this threat, selecting a person born biologically male but living as a woman as the new assistant secretary for health. Dr. Rachel Levine (born Richard) is a pediatrician who was appointed to a Pennsylvania state post by a Democrat governor in 2017, six years after he “transitioned” and four years after divorcing his female wife. Once again quoting Gallatin, “This perfectly underscores the Democrats’ radical agenda, which seeks to undercut the very fabric of truth. Levine may be a skilled pediatrician, but he clearly is suffering from serious mental delusions. In the recent past, placing an individual with such a serious mental issue in such a position of authority would have been unthinkable. Yet today it is not only celebrated, but anyone who dares to object is vilified as a bigot.”

Followers of Christ believe it’s perfectly reasonable to question the mental wellbeing of those who defile their bodies while ignoring the Scriptural reference that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. That, of course, doesn’t give us license to demean or mistreat them. Corollary to that, those who believe in that manner may feel they can’t participate in the charade of allowing someone to change their gender. That’s the stance taken in the North Dakota court case alluded to above, Religious Sisters of Mercy v. Azar.

And the answer may have to be found in the courts, at least for the next two to four years. (That timeframe assumes that a potential Republican-controlled Congress would have the guts to dare President Biden to live up to his proclaimed religious beliefs.) Given that a new coalition of legal groups has made it its mission to “wage relentless legal warfare” against the racism of Critical Race Theory, perhaps we can use that model to strengthen existing groups that advocate for religious freedom as well.

Whereas the Trump administration fought for religious liberty, the Biden administration will likely fight against it. Indeed, in the upcoming months we’ll have to render unto Caesar what is his. But that doesn’t mean we have to willingly give an inch for what isn’t.

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The Preferential Treatment of Left-Wing Violence

Brian Mark Weber

If you’ve been glued to CNN or MSNBC, you’d think the U.S. Capitol melee earlier this month was the most violent uprising in American history.

After the dust settled, one of the cries from the Left was the alleged kid-glove treatment of the protesters and the suggestion that police would have been more aggressive had Black Lives Matter or antifa forced their way into the Capitol.

Some data seem to support such claims. As Clyde Hughes, citing the U.S. Crisis Monitor project, writes, “Between May and December of last year, for example, police forcibly attempted to break up and disperse liberal protests at a rate more than two times greater than they did for conservative events.”

On the surface, this is worth exploring. Then again, there’s probably a reason why the actions of some groups are met with a tougher response than others.

No one excuses the violence at the Capitol on January 6 — we’ve pretty thoroughly condemned it — but the vast majority of protesters were about as tame as could be. After all, how many “insurrectionists” walk between rope lines and keep their hands off the artwork? The violent few were arrested and face long-term prison sentences. Others are being aggressively pursued by the FBI.

Compare this to nearly a year of antifa and BLM protesters setting fires, damaging scores of buildings, attacking and injuring police officers, destroying public property, looting stores, and setting up autonomous zones. Where was the outrage from the Left or our own government?

In most cases, police made few arrests and the FBI pretended the riots never happened. The media often called them “peaceful protests,” and some even justified the violence as necessary to bring about social justice.

Last November, as The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez wrote, “When it comes to these organizations, including Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the newer splinter groups that mimic their tactics, the media often seems to take their social-justice posturing at face value. In the current media environment, left-of-center actors who claim to represent the cause of the oppressed are granted more moral license to use violence as a political tool.”

And if you think the election of Joe Biden would bring about peace and unity, think again.

A Black Lives Matter march in New York City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day left 11 police officers injured, as “protesters” threw projectiles and vandalized property. Apparently, police warned the protesters to leave before they made arrests. New York state Attorney General Letitia James didn’t approve of the police response, however; she said they acted too aggressively.

If anything, the response to left-wing violence in the past year hasn’t been aggressive enough.

In response to the serious investigations currently underway at the FBI to find and prosecute the Capitol rioters, Miranda Devine of the New York Post wonders, “Where was that kind of gravitas when BLM-Antifa rioters locked Seattle police in a building and tried to burn them alive? Or when police were attacked with bricks and Molotov cocktails, whole blocks were looted and set ablaze at a cost of billions of dollars, and parts of some US cities were turned into lawless autonomous inside which people were murdered? For months.”

Good question. Of course, we all know the answer. Political violence is now acceptable for some groups, but not for others.

In the end, we as Americans need to agree that all political violence is unacceptable. And until Biden and his sidekick Kamala Harris bring themselves to denounce left-wing violence, their calls for unity will fall on deaf ears.

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The Media Earned Americans’ Distrust

Nate Jackson

This just in: Americans don’t trust the mainstream media.

What is news is that what little trust still exists has been declining, and for good reason. “For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, according to data from [the 21st annual Edelman Trust Barometer],” Axios reports. “Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%.”

Some of the questions in the survey are especially revealing. “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” Fifty-six percent said yes. “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.” Fifty-eight percent agreed. Frankly, it’s shocking that 100% of Americans don’t see through the media’s facade.

To be sure, most conservative news sources have a clear bias. The big difference between these sources and Leftmedia outlets is that conservatives acknowledge this bias.

The mainstream media has nearly always favored more liberal causes and candidates. What’s new in the last few years, however, is the extent of the sheer advocacy and activism in so-called journalism.

Leftmedia and social media behemoths not only continue to insist they are objective but established “fact-checkers” to “discredit,” suppress, and silence anyone who disagrees. As we have so often argued, the “fact-checkers” are not, in fact, checking facts, but expressing and/or rebutting opinions. That they don’t own up to this glaringly obvious reality is why people don’t trust them.

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan opines, “Our goal should go beyond merely putting truthful information in front of the public. We should also do our best to make sure it’s widely accepted.” Yet Sullivan works for The Washington Post, which we certainly would never accuse of putting truthful information in front of the public. Quite the contrary. Since 2015, the Post’s mission has been to attack Donald Trump no matter what. One month after Trump’s inauguration, the paper even went so far as to adopt, for the first time in its history, a motto — the ridiculously pompous “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

In August 2016, before Trump was even elected, The New York Times’s Jim Rutenberg explained why the media shouldn’t be objective. “If you view a Trump presidency as something that is potentially dangerous,” he wrote, “then your reporting is going to reflect that.”

Memo to Sullivan, Rutenberg, and your cohorts: In order to make sure your reporting is widely accepted, you might try setting aside the agenda and actually putting truthful information in front of the public. Frankly, there are some outlets on the Right that should heed this advice too, though they have but a fraction of the influence of major media and only have an audience because of the aforementioned distrust.

The objective of the press should be to report the who, what, when, and where. If reporters could stick to this simple plan, they might be surprised to find that more Americans begin to trust what they’re reading and hearing again. Until then, Donald Trump was and will continue to be right to call the Leftmedia “the true enemy of the people.”

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Trump’s Parting Shot: Declaring China Guilty of Genocide

Thomas Gallatin

With one of his final acts as president, Donald Trump hit both the ChiComs and the incoming administration with a parting shot that will force Joe Biden into a corner.

On Tuesday, outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. had officially designated the Chinese Communist Party’s actions against the Uyghur minority group as genocide. Pompeo explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “After careful deliberation, I have determined that the People’s Republic of China, under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party, has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups, including ethnic Kazakhs and Kyrgyz. This announcement is the result of an exhaustive yearslong investigation that has spanned the globe and benefited from the efforts of government and nongovernment partners to document this nightmare, as well as the bipartisan support of Congress.”

The Journal elsewhere reports, “The genocide designation, which also applies to other minority groups in Xinjiang, doesn’t carry any automatic legal consequences, but it puts pressure on other nations, and U.S. allies in particular, to consider sanctions and take other steps to condemn Beijing’s policies.”

Beijing of course has long denied the reality that it runs concentration or reeducation camps, and the CCP blasted Pompeo’s assertion as “simply a lie” and a “farce used to discredit China.” With widespread video evidence and testimonials from victims, China’s claim that “Xinjiang-related issues are not about ethnicity, religion or human rights, but about anti-violence, anti-terrorism, anti-separatism and de-radicalization” rings hollow. Even Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, agreed with Pompeo, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that “forcing men, women, and children into concentration camps” equates to genocide, and he committed to find ways to hold China accountable.

The trouble for Biden is that by officially designating the CCP’s actions as genocide, Trump is essentially forcing Biden’s hand. With the U.S. in recent months placing sanctions on several Chinese officials and agencies over their actions against Uyghurs, Biden will be hard-pressed to reverse course. And yet he’s also hard-pressed by his family’s corrupt dealings with the ChiComs. Rock, meet hard place.

As Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) explained, “[Tuesday’s] designation will motivate the nations, businesses, and people of the world to reconsider the ways they entangle themselves with a brutal, communist dictatorship that is guilty of committing genocide against its own people.”

Paging Disney and the NBA. Oh, and Hunter Biden.

The CCP will certainly be demanding and expecting a change of policy from the Biden administration, especially given the Biden family’s business ties with Beijing. By connecting sanctions and the banning of some goods to the CCP’s genocidal abuse of Uyghurs, Trump’s move expands the U.S. fight against China out from the somewhat murky territory of a trade war to that of a clear moral issue. Now any move by Biden to ease up on the ChiComs will be viewed through more than just the lens of a trade dispute.

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The Left Is Still Angry

Douglas Andrews

“We don’t want Biden,” said the sign, “we want revenge!”

A bunch of pro-Trump protesters on Capitol Hill, perhaps? Nope. An unprecedented lockdown and 26,000 National Guardsmen kept the First Amendment firmly under wraps Wednesday in our nation’s capital.

Maybe some of the tens of millions of Americans who still think the election was stolen, or some of those white supremacists in flyover country that Joe Biden warned us about? Nope and nope.

As CBS News reports, “A group of protesters carrying signs against President Joe Biden and police marched in Portland on Inauguration Day and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, police said. Some in the group of about 150 people smashed windows and spray-painted anarchist symbols at the political party building.”

Anyone else notice the “against Joe Biden” language used by CBS News? It’s almost as if the editors wanted their readers to think these were Trump supporters. Indeed, the story doesn’t once mention the real culprits: antifa.

Yep, this “mostly peaceful” dissent was brought to us by the boys in black, who pretty much run the disgracefully hard-left enclave of Portland. Another banner helpfully declared, “We are ungovernable.” True that. At least not by the people that Portlanders keep electing.

Footage from intrepid antifa chronicler Andy Ngo shows just how brazen these future Democrats are. What’s most striking is how calmly they go about shattering windows and flipping over occupied vehicles in downtown Portland in broad daylight. Why, it’s as if they figured they didn’t have to worry about local law enforcement at all. But whatever could’ve given them that idea?

Well, maybe harshly worded memos like this:

“To those gathered near the Democratic Party of Oregon Portland Headquarters,” the Portland Police tweeted out: “Members of this group have been observed damaging the building. Anyone who is involved in criminal behavior including: vandalism and graffittiing is subject to arrest or citation.”

Well. And just to make sure they’d struck fear into the hearts of these little rascals, the Portland PD keyboardist followed up with an even sterner warning: “Criminal conduct may subject you to the use of force, including, but not limited to, crowd control agents and impact weapons. Stop damaging the Democratic Party of Oregon Portland Headquarters.”

Got that, antifa? They may use force.

The anger on the Left, though, isn’t limited to antifa. They’re angry everywhere, and the continued existence of one person seems to be the source of it. As Stacey Lennox of PJ Media writes, “One of President Trump’s most amazing skills was building a high-end condo where he lives rent-free in the left’s heads. Whether they are in the corporate media or other cultural institutions, these people are making it clear that the lease is not up. Their team just won an election and now controls Congress and the White House. Yet they are still miserable and seeing President Trump in their fever dreams.”

This feverish state seems to be most pronounced among Hollywood types. Someone named Debra Messing, for example, can’t figure out whether to be angry or frightened. “WOW. #TrumpsNewArmy. The Truth is Chilling,” she tweeted. “We must work together to smoke out the domestic terrorists who want to kill the Democratic Leadership, people of color, jews, muslims, LGBTQ, essential everyone who isn’t white. America is a melting pot. Its what makes us great.”

Whoa, there, Debra. Did you just say, “America is a melting pot”? According to your fellow wokesters, that timeless American expression is now an unacceptable microaggression — and it’s grounds for cancelation.

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Honoring the Sanctity of Life

Today marks the anniversary of the two most tragic Supreme Court decisions in American history, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Read more about Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the plaintiffs who later recanted their testimonies.

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

C’mon, Man!

Government & Politics

  • House to send Trump impeachment article on Monday (AP) | Trump hires attorney Butch Bowers to represent him at trial (Forbes)
  • Biden to keep Christopher Wray on as FBI director (NBC News)
  • Hunter inquiry looms large as Biden pledge prevents “improper interference” with DOJ investigations (Examiner)
  • Democrats slap Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley with ethics complaint over Capitol mob (Examiner)
  • Unity! Bernie Sanders dismisses meeting in “the middle” with Republicans (Newsweek)
  • House approves waiver for Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary (U.S. News & World Report)

Big Tech

  • “Not a close call”: Parler loses bid to require Amazon to restore service (Reuters)

And it’s no wonder: Based on the terms of service not just of Amazon but of many other Internet-based service providers, these companies can literally cancel you for any reason whatsoever.

  • Here’s why Parler is still struggling to come back online (Fast Company)
  • Policing free speech but not actual crimes? Twitter faces lawsuit for refusal to remove child porn (Disrn)
  • Google threatens to pull out of Australia over plan to make it pay for news (Time)

Odds & Ends

  • U.S. sees five-fold increase in methamphetamine overdose deaths from 2011 to 2018 (UPI)
  • Missouri diversity session tells teachers “colorblindness,” “all lives matter” are forms of white supremacy (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Raising the minimum wage won’t stimulate the economy, but it will stimulate Democrat interest groups (City Journal)
  • Policy: Don’t rush to failure on Iran nuclear negotiations (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Biden wins Nobel Prize in all six categories for his incredible first day as president (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Media Fawns Over Incoming Biden Presidency — “Journalists” and Leftmedia pundits gush over Biden like a cadre of sycophants.

Biden Quickly Breaks His Mask Order — Joe signed an executive order about wearing masks on federal property Wednesday and was then seen later in the day not wearing a mask on federal property.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

For the record: “China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, recently ‘pledged’ that it would aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The Beijing regime has also claimed that China’s greenhouse-gas emissions will peak ‘around’ 2030. Perhaps it is unkind to mention that by the middle of last year, China was approving new coal plants at the fastest rate since 2015. It might be no less charitable to observe that, if the oil price falls as a result of reductions in Western demand driven by climate-change regulation, China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil, will have no complaints. Candidate Biden promised that combating climate change would be central to his administration’s policies. The decision to rejoin the Paris agreement is yet another sign that those policies will owe more to ideological orthodoxy than to intelligence.” —National Review

Upright: “Certainly, there are times when it is appropriate to disagree with one another and it is healthy to engage in debate, whether it be on solutions to health care or how to fix the immigration system. These are examples of times when debate should be welcome and encouraged. There are also times when, regardless of political philosophy, a behavior is so inherently un-American and uncivilized that it should be condemned regardless of whether the political philosophy of those behaving in such a way aligns with yours. For the good of the American public, and, more importantly, for the future of this nation, politicians from both sides of the aisle should be able to vehemently agree that rioting, looting and inciting violence for the sake of ANY political cause is absolutely unacceptable. If our leaders cannot unite behind something so obvious, I worry about the future of this country.” —Armstrong Williams

Braying jenny: “The president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, ‘Oh, let’s just forget it and move on.’” —Nancy Pelosi

And last… “The prospect of a human tide coming to America now becomes very real. And the promise of U.S. citizenship for the 11 million undocumented already here can only serve as an additional enhancement for even more to come. … The left claims Donald Trump is responsible for the January 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol because he ‘incited’ the crowd to insurrection with his rhetoric about a ‘stolen’ election. Why, then, can’t Biden’s language about easing the path to America and gaining citizenship equally be a cause and effect? Throughout history, uncontrolled immigration without assimilation has contributed to the collapse of other superpowers. The United States does not enjoy special protection from a similar fate.” —Cal Thomas

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Headlines – 1/22/2021

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Yadlin: Iranian nuclear program crossed ‘red line’

Congratulating Biden, Netanyahu urges him to build on peace deals, confront Iran

Joe Biden wants to erase the last four years. In the Mideast, that won’t be easy

‘Maybe we should bomb Damascus?’: Yom Kippur War deliberations declassified

Syrian media reports Israeli airstrikes near western city of Hama

ISIS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, at least 32 dead

US Saves Ecuador From China’s Debt Trap

Beijing Building Military Drones to Rival US in War, Leaked File Shows

US Counterintelligence Chief Who Warned of CCP Election Threat Steps Down

Biden Administration: China’s Sanctions of Trump Officials ‘Unproductive and Cynical’

Republican Lawmakers Call for Tough Biden Response After Red China Sanctions Trump Officials

Biden orders investigation into Russian misdeeds as admin seeks nuclear arms treaty extension

Venezuela’s Maduro Cheers Trump Departure: ‘We Beat Him!’

House Poised to Send Trump Impeachment Article to Senate, Durbin Says

McConnell seeks two-week delay for impeachment trial so Trump can form legal team

South Carolina-based attorney Butch Bowers will represent Trump at his 2nd impeachment trial, Sen. Lindsey Graham says

Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted

Sen. Rand Paul: For America to Begin to Heal and Unite, Senate Must Halt Impeachment

Navarro: If Trump Impeachment Moves Forward, Biden Can ‘Forget About Unity’

Michael Moore predicts Donald Trump’s ‘imprisonment’ during farewell address

Georgia Congresswoman Files Resolution to Prohibit Donald Trump from U.S. Capitol

Rep. Marjorie Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden

Democrats frustrated as fight over filibuster stalls power-sharing agreement in Senate

Growing Number of Dems Pushing Schumer to Reject GOP Leader’s Appeal to Keep Senate Filibuster

Report: Biden killed 52K American jobs on day 1 in office

“By revoking the Keystone pipeline permit, Biden is destroying 11,000 jobs.”

American Workers, Business Leaders on Biden Axing Keystone Pipeline: ‘Slap in Face’ to Union Members

Canadian PM Trudeau ‘disappointed’ in Biden plan to revoke Keystone XL permit

DHS pauses some deportations for 100 days

NPR axes ‘inflammatory’ picture of migrant caravan after complaint from liberal immigration activist

Progressive group riots resume in major cities despite Biden inauguration

Biden Administration Tear-Gassed ‘Peaceful Protesters’ Just Hours After Inauguration

Grassley calls on Biden to condemn rioting in Oregon, Washington

Top Biden DOJ Nominee Called For ‘Strategic’ Defunding of Police

National Guard Forced to Evacuate Capitol Grounds After Alleged Mask Complaint by Democrat Congressman

National Guard soldiers booted out of Capitol, forced to sleep in parking garage

‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol

Biden removes military flags from Oval Office on first day as president

Media Trust at an All-Time Low, Nearly 60% Think Press ‘More Concerned With Supporting an Ideology’ Than Informing Public

Charlie Kirk calls on Elon Musk to build ‘a better internet’ in fight against censorship

YouTube Deletes Portion of ‘Dislikes’ From Biden Videos, Says It’s Spam

Facebook to let oversight board decide on future of Trump ban

Facebook Gives FBI Private Messages of Capitol Hill Protesters

Judge Rejects Parler’s Request for Order Forcing Amazon to Keep Hosting Service

House Democrat Carolyn Maloney Requests FBI Probe of Parler, Claiming Role in Capitol Riot

Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Trump Twitter Decision

China says it is a ‘victim’ after Twitter locks embassy account

Twitter sued by survivor of child sexual exploitation

Malwarebytes Hacked by Group Behind SolarWinds Breach, Company Says

Hong Kong Tightens Control of Internet After National Security Law

The Race for Mars Takes China-U.S. Tensions Into Outer Space

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pondaguitan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the southern East Pacific Rise

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Experts Warn of ‘Devastating’ Economic Impact of Rejoining Paris Climate Accord

Tesla’s Elon Musk Wants To Dig Tunnels To Alleviate Miami Traffic Jams

‘Cocaine bananas’ shipped to grocery stores in botched operation

New China swine fever strains point to unlicensed vaccines

ACLU Wants to Erase Male, Female Sexes from ID Documents, Add ‘X’

Biden calls for LGBTQ protections in day-one executive order, angering conservatives

Biden’s Executive Order on Transgender Rights ‘Unilaterally Eviscerates Women’s Sports’

Biden Administration Prepares To Overturn Trump Abortion Rule

Fauci Confirms Joe Biden Will Make Americans Fund Planned Parenthood’s Global Abortion Agenda

White House says Biden is a ‘devout Catholic’ when asked about abortion policies

Chicago Cardinal Slams Bishops’ Critical Statement on Joe Biden as ‘Ill-Considered’

Biden accuser Tara Reade says it was ‘unspeakably hard to watch the man who assaulted me’ take the oath of office

Biden signs ‘wartime’ COVID-19 executive orders, imposing national mask mandate on public transportation

Biden has ‘bigger issues’ to worry about than following own mask mandate: Psaki

Jen Psaki justifies Biden violating his own mask mandate by saying the president was ‘celebrating’

Biden Snipes at Reporter Questioning His Vaccine Plan: ‘C’mon, Give Me a Break Man’

Brought back in by Biden, Fauci says ‘liberating’ to be free to speak on science

Fauci debunks CNN reporting, says Biden’s vaccine rollout not ‘starting from scratch’

Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours

Amazon Offers to Help Biden Administration With CCP Virus Vaccine Distribution

Unions wade into debate over requiring COVID-19 vaccine

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Eli Lilly’s antibody therapy helps prevent Covid-19 in nursing homes, drugmaker says

Netanyahu vows action after ultra-Orthodox mob protesting lockdown injures cop

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Apostasy Watch Friday 1-22-21

Evangelical Leaders Rejoice in Communist Takeover of America

‘In the Strong Name of Our Collective Faith’? Closing of Inauguration Benediction Refuted by Pastor

Katt Kerr Claims Nowhere Does Bible Say Prophets Must Apologize for False Prophecies

Beth Moore Says God is Judging His People Because They “Sinned Grievously” By Supporting Trump

Thousands Call for Franklin Graham to Be Fired Over His Support of Trump

President Joe Biden moves to reinstate U.S. funding for abortion worldwide

Tammy Faye Biopic Set For September Release

Ancient ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription unearthed in northern Israel

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

22 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready News

The quake measured magnitude 7.0 and was located 95.8 kilometers (60 miles) below the sea and about 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan in Davao Occidental province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

If you’re converting, we need 60 days’ notice … or else
Under a so-called “freedom of religion” ordinance, individuals leaving the Hindu faith in yet another state in India will lead to persecution of Christians.

Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives
Were the ‘conspiracy theorists’ just proven right about the “fake rescue plan” for COVID? Did the ‘science-deniers’ just get confirmation that it was political after all? The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 ‘casedemic’ and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES! In fact, as far back as October, we brought the world’s attention to the COVID-19 “casedemic” and the disturbing reality of high-cycle threshold PCR tests being worse than useless as indicators of COVID-19 “sickness”. PJMedia’s Stacey Lennox said at the time:

Suddenly Optimistic Fauci Sees Pandemic “Plateauing,” Feels “Liberated” Under Biden Admin
Fauci said Thursday that it looks like new cases in the USA might actually be plateauing, despite the holiday surge we were promised by him a few months ago. But where is this more optimistic frame of mind based on? Well, the diminutive doctor admitted that he feels “liberated” by Biden.

Turkey experiencing severe drought, NASA maps show
Turkey began 2021 experiencing intense drought in a majority of its provinces, two maps published on Jan. 19 by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) showed. More than 80 percent of Turkey’s soil is facing “severe drought,” NASA’s maps showed.

NUKES OF HAZARD Russia set to test 15,000mph nuke missile that can ‘beat any defence and destroy Texas’
RUSSIA is poised to test an “unstoppable” 15,000mph nuclear missile it boasts can beat any defense and wipe out Texas. The RS-28 Sarmat doomsday rocket is now primed to replace the much-feared R-36 – once dubbed the “Satan” nuke by Nato. The Kremlin brags it has a range of around 6,200 miles, can carry 16 warheads and is able to dodge any missile defense system.

LET THERE BE BLOOD: Biden And Fauci Team Up To Revoke Trump Policy Protecting The Unborn To Create Massive International US Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Scheme
Biden, who says his ‘strong Catholic faith’ is what drives him, has just consulted with Anthony Fauci, with the takeaway being it’s time to radically and rapidly expand the US taxpayer-funded killing machine that is legalized abortion. Evidentially, the murderous holocaust of 3,200 babies per day, most of the them black, here in America is not nearly enough, so they are taking their show on the road, and bringing the blessing of abortion overseas. This is the ‘new America’.

Biden removes military flags from Oval Office on first day as president
President Joe Biden removed the U.S. military branch flags from the Oval Office on Wednesday … However, Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon all kept military battle flags in the office during their terms. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who fought as a five-star general in World War II, displayed the Army flag alone across from his desk.

32 killed, 100+ wounded in double suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad – ISIS suspected
Dozens of people were injured and killed by a pair of suicide bomb blasts in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, in what an Iraqi official described as an attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. TRT World, a Turkish state-media site, tweeted a video purporting to show the attack. “This video shows the moment the second bomb went off in a local market in Iraq’s Baghdad. The death toll has risen to at least 28,” the post said.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Greene Files Articles Of Impeachment Against Biden
Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed Articles of Impeachment against President Joe Biden just two days into his presidency. “I just filed Articles of Impeachment on President Joe Biden,” Greene announced Thursday. “We’ll see how this goes

China calls for courage and wisdom to put Sino-US relations back on the right track
“I believe that with joint efforts of both sides, the ‘better angels’ in China-U.S. relations will be able to overcome forces for evil,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a routine press briefing. “I noticed that President Biden has repeatedly stressed the term ‘unity’ in his inaugural address, which is precisely what’s needed in current China-U.S. relations,” Hua said.

Earthquake rattles Cyprus, felt in Israel
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.3 rattled Cyprus on Thursday, with the shock being felt in Israel.

Palestinian Authority: We are waiting to hear from Biden administration
“We are waiting to hear about the new US administration’s policy to resolve the conflict, especially its position on settlements that increased during the term of the Trump administration, as well as the Judaization of Jerusalem,” Shaath told the PA’s official newspaper, Al-Ayyam.

Fearing America’s Future, These US Jews are Moving to Israel on Aliyah
With all of the political instability and rapid cultural change occuring in the US, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of American Jews are reconsidering where their future ought to be.

Smith: Will Biden’s Presidency Be A Catalyst For Secession… Or Worse?
…need to address how Biden and the globalists are going to create chaos so that they can then demand their own brand of “order”…

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines
A powerful earthquake registered by PHIVOLCS as M7.1 hit off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 12:23 UTC (20:23 LT) on January 21, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 116 km (72 miles). The USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 96 km (60 miles), EMSC M7.1 at a depth of 114 km (71 miles).

Thousands evacuated as Storm Christoph hits UK with disruptive snow and historic flooding
Around 2 300 homes have been evacuated overnight Thursday, January 21, 2021, amid widespread flooding and dangerous snow across parts of the United Kingdom brought by Storm Christoph. The storm prompted more than 200 flood warnings, with five of them severe, and has pushed River Dee to its highest level since a water gauge was installed in 1996.

Biden’s Appointment of Climate Change Czar, John Kerry, Will Usher In the True Agenda of the Globalists
Everyone is busy and very nervously trying to decipher the true agenda of the Biden administration. Much of his agenda is still shrouded in mystery, however, we can clearly state that most important issue of Biden’s first day was the announcement of John Kerry being in charge of climate change.

Lawsuit: Twitter States that Child Porn Video ‘Didn’t Violate Policies’
Twitter repeatedly told the victim of child sexual abuse that a video of his ordeal circulating on the platform didn’t violate the platform’s policies, according to a lawsuit filed on the victim’s behalf by the  National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Incitement Or Free Speech? Comey Calls For The Republican Party To Be “Burned Down” 
There is an interesting interview this week with former FBI Director James Comey.  He states that he now believes that the infamous alleged “pee tape” may be real and makes other surprising statements while pitching his new book.

New “detention camp” bill gives NY Governor power to detain people suspected of carrying a contagious disease
Lawmakers in New York cried foul over a new piece of legislation that would allow state leaders to detain those identified as a “case, contact or carrier” of a contagious disease in the interest of protecting public health.

New “detention camp” bill gives NY Governor power to detain people suspected of carrying a contagious disease
Lawmakers in New York cried foul over a new piece of legislation that would allow state leaders to detain those identified as a “case, contact or carrier” of a contagious disease in the interest of protecting public health.

Pompeo says China’s treatment of Muslims and ethnic minorities is “genocide”
Beating the war drums, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement on Tuesday declaring communist China’s policies against Muslims and ethnic minorities an act of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity.”

Israel National News – How does one mistakenly pass out textbooks calling for Jihad?
On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, the UN agency responsible for helping so-called “Palestinian refugees,” known as UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) says it “mistakenly included” children’s school textbooks for PA kids, which praised jihad and called for Israel’s destruction.

The astonishing case for optimism and faith
After the staged, theatrical Biden inauguration yesterday that carries no legitimate legal standing whatsoever, people lost their minds as they fell for the spell of the fake news media that broadcast the Big Lie, in Hunger Games style.

Sensors detect rare ‘musical note’ from magnetosphere over Norway
A rhythmic pattern sounding like a low-frequency musical note was detected from the magnetosphere over Lofoten, Norway, on Monday, January 18, 2021. The rare event, which is also called a pulsation continuous, is a strictly regional phenomenon, according to INTERMAGNET– a global network of observatories monitoring the Earth’s magnetic field.

Not an ‘administration’. A regime.
At noon today the scenes on Capitol Hill were arguably no different to those we saw on January 6th: a desecration of the Republic. This time, by a humiliating scene of an empty National Mall, and a handful of people who stole an election in the dead of night.

LET THERE BE BLOOD: Biden And Fauci Team Up To Revoke Trump Policy Protecting The Unborn To Create Massive International US Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Scheme
President Joe Biden, who says his ‘strong Catholic faith’ is what drives him, has just consulted with Anthony Fauci, with the takeaway being it’s time to radically and rapidly expand the US taxpayer-funded killing machine that is legalized abortion.

25K National Guards Troops Remains In DC
More than 25,000 National Guard troops called to provide inauguration security remained on duty Thursday in Washington — and will stay until federal agencies release them, the Washington Examiner reported.

Migrant Caravan Heads to U.S. Border Hoping Biden Will Let Them in and Give Them Amnesty
With Joe Biden now sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, massive changes are being enacted in US immigration policy. Anticipating these changes, tens of thousands of migrants from around the world see this as their chance to finally make it to America’s shores.

After Two Weeks Of Sleeping On Cold Marble, Congress Boots National Guard To Local Parking Garages
“They had no further use for us and banished us…”

Mike Huckabee: It’s Day 2 and Biden Is Already Becoming a Disaster for Democrats

Immediately upon taking office, President Biden started issuing a flurry of executive orders to undo President Trump’s legacy (of success).

They include halting the financing of the border wall (walls provide security at inaugurals, but apparently not at borders), rejoining the World Health Organization (which has really distinguished itself during the pandemic), including non-citizens in the Census count and other things I tried to warn you about before the election.

But some of these reversals might not be so easy.

Remember, I predicted that his biggest enemy won’t be Republicans; it will be reality.

Source: Mike Huckabee: It’s Day 2 and Biden Is Already Becoming a Disaster for Democrats

Tucker Carlson Claims Democrats Are Planning War on Half of America

Democrats have declared war on half of America, Fox News host Tucker Carlson is warning. On Tuesday, Carlson devoted his opening comments to his belief that Democrats do not plan to celebrate victory while the half of America that supported former President Donald Trump is still politically standing.

Source: Tucker Carlson Claims Democrats Are Planning War on Half of America

Politics over people | Amazon offers Biden help with COVID vaccine distribution

Amazon offered on Joe Biden’s first day as president to help speed the US rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations, leading observers to wonder why the world’s largest retailer didn’t step forward before Donald Trump left the White House.