Monday, December 20, 2010

How Can We Not Celebrate!!!

One of the blogs that I follow is J.C. Ryle Quotes. You might ask, "Who is J.C. Ryle?"

A partial answer is that J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was a prolific writer, preacher, pastor, husband of three wives (widowed three times) and the father to five children.

After being in Pastoral ministry in England for 38 years, in 1880 (at age 64) Ryle became the first bishop of Liverpool, England and remained there for 20 years. He retired in 1900 (at age 83) and died later that same year at age 84. (You can read a longer, albeit short, biography at this website.)

I'm appreciative of the J.C. Ryle Quotes blog because I can daily read clear, convicting words by Ryle. Today's quote is as follows (emphasis mine):

Christianity is a religion built upon facts. Let us never lose sight of this. The first preachers did not go up and down the world, proclaiming an elaborate, artificial system of abstruse doctrines and deep principles. They made it their first business to tell men great plain facts. They went about telling a sin-laden world, that the Son of God had come down to earth, and lived for us, died for us, and risen again. The Gospel, at its first publication, was far more simple than many make it now. It was neither more nor less than the history of Christ. ~ J.C. Ryle

And so it is, that at Christmastime, we are celebrating exactly that! The Son of God, has come to save us from our sins. The Jesus of history now sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes on behalf of His people.

How can we not celebrate!

Merry Christmas! And Hallelujah!



Diane said...

Amen, sister! I've not read any of Ryle's works, but see him quoted often in the books I'm reading. Love this quote; how often we make the gospel more complicated than it is.

Kelly said...

Wonderful post!!

Persis said...

Great quote! I really like Ryle. His writing is clear and so edifying.

gvandyk said...

Amen!!! The simplicity of the gospel gives no one any excuse for not believing it. But belief is not enough, it must have a heart felt faith. Unless we accept that our savation is by Christ's merits alone and trust in that fact, we may not have a true saving faith. God has done it all for His sake, and it is not any work of man. Sola Deo gloria.

Connie said...

Celebrating the facts with you...merry Christmas sister ;-)