Christmas Greetings from CRTS

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isa 9:6).

During this Christmas season we are celebrating the fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Often we remind ourselves that the gospel is not the gospel unless we connect Christmas with Good Friday and Easter.  That is to say, we do not only need a Saviour who was born in Bethlehem, but also one who died at Golgotha and who arose from the tomb.  After all, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17).  Isaiah’s prophecy, though, requires us to take this one step further.  We not only need a Saviour who was born, crucified, and raised, but also one who ascended and now reigns as the head over all things for the sake of his church (Eph 1:22-23).  In short, the Son who was given is now the Governor who is Sovereign.  In a world that is filled with so much stress and distress, this prophecy, now fulfilled, is a source of immense, abiding comfort.  Yes, the Lord is on his throne.  What may appear chaotic to our eyes is all part of the eternal plan that he is working out.  What is more, this Sovereign is our Beloved Saviour, the one who loves his church enough to have humbled himself for her sake by being born as a little baby and placed in a manger.

From everyone here at CRTS—faculty, staff, and students—we wish you a very blessed Christmas and New Year.  We are sincerely grateful for all the support and love you show toward our seminary community.  May the Lord continue to bless our work for the progress of his kingdom.