Monday, December 8, 2008
The Miracle of Christmas
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Luk 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Christmas story never ceases to amaze me. It is truly mind boggling to think about the fact that God became man. The miracle of Incarnation is the miracle of Christmas. God wrapped Himself in human flesh and dwelt among the creation (John 1:1, 14). Had he not done this, mankind would be without hope. We would have no hope of eternal life and no hope of abundant life.
The simple fact is this: The Christmas Message is the Gospel Message. Mankind is depraved and desperately wicked. Our hearts are deceived and wicked; our minds are deceived and wicked; and our deeds are deceived and wicked. Because of this, we deserve to go to Hell. But God so loved us that he came and sold all he had to get us back.
Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
We are that treasure!!! We were found in Him from the foundation of the world; yet we were hidden in the world and lost in sin. Christ came and gave up all he had in Heaven: equality with God, riches untold, power, majesty and praise. He was stripped bare, mocked, beaten and ridiculed. He suffered and died to buy the field that we his treasure were hidden in. Friends, he went through that for us! Because of his great love wherewith he loved us. Now, we must serve him and go out and find the hidden treasure.
As you think about the Christmas story, think about the great love that God displayed by coming and being born to die. He thinks you're worth it! So live as a child of the king!