Message From The King

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Attractive glossy leaflet with clear gospel message relating to Christmas. £5 per 100.

Category: Christmas Tracts Offers - Outreach
Fraser Munro

In December 1939, the United Kingdom was at war with Nazi Germany. The future course of the conflict was unknown. The outcome was uncertain. Victory was by no means assured. The War, which had commenced in September of that year, would last for almost six years. The cost in terms of lives lost and injuries sustained would be immense. On Christmas Day, the monarch, King George VI, addressed the Empire. He spoke of the dark times ahead - and then he continued: “A new year is at hand. We cannot tell which it will bring. If it brings peace how thankful we shall all be. If it brings continued struggle, we shall remain undaunted. In the meantime, I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you. ‘I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”’ May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us all.”In a time of difficulty, danger and distress, the message from the King was: “Put your hand into the hand of God!”

Centuries ago, another King, a greater King, the Supreme King, God Himself, spoke to His people. “I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee’” (Isaiah 41:13). What is the message from this King? “Put your hand into the hand of God!” The hand of God! Powerful! “Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth” (Isaiah 48:13). Creation around us is the product of His hand. And Protective! The Lord Jesus described Himself as the Good Shepherd and declared that He gives to His sheep eternal life: “They shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father … is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). But Pierced! At Christmas, we remember the birth of God’s Son, but He was born to die. At Calvary, He experienced the agonies of crucifixion. “They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalm 22:16). The Lord Jesus went to the Cross to deal with the awful problem of sin and He offers forgiveness to all those who come to Him in repentance and faith. A preacher was emphasising the need to trust, to place faith in, to believe on, the Lord Jesus. A little boy wanted to respond to the message. He wanted to become a Christian, but what did it mean to believe? He found it difficult to grasp the concept. The preacher used an illustration: “If one day I saw you standing by the side of a busy road and it was clear to me that you wanted to cross but that you were afraid to do so, what would I do? I would go to you and say, ‘You know me. I’ll take you across the road.’ What would you do? You would put your hand into my hand – and I would take you across the road. The road would still be just as busy, just as dangerous, but you would not be worrying anymore. You would be trusting me. You would be believing in me.”The preacher paused, wondering whether the boy would understand the illustration. Then the boy spoke: “I’m going to put my hand into the hand of Jesus and trust Him through the danger!” The boy had understood the story and the boy was now trusting the Lord Jesus as his Saviour. He was doing what King George VI in his Christmas Broadcast was encouraging his vast audience to do – and he was doing what the King himself had done. Trusting in God, his hand in God’s hand, he faced the trials of life and then illness and death itself. Ahead of us all is an unknown future. That may be true politically. It certainly is true personally. “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). The news from Heaven! God stands, waiting and willing, for us to come to Him, to entrust our lives and souls to His care. The Message of the King: “Put your hand into the hand of God!”

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