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Choreography of the CREATOR

December 23

“Behold, a virgin shall be with CHILD, and shall bring forth a SON, and they shall call HIS NAME EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD with us.”   Matthew 1:23

 

“Bethlehem was not the beginning of CHRIST …”

 

 

 

The periodic visits of GOD to men had been occurring off and on for centuries; but this visit was different.  All of the previous ones had come spontaneous, at least to us, and unannounced; like a bolt for a few brief moments, and then HE was gone again.  The manger, however, was a providential work of immeasurable grace planned long before time began.  What took place inside that little town, as it was being heralded by angels just outside the city limits, was a choreography between CREATOR and creature; which could have only been dreamt of, and accomplished by, the ONE WHO came PERSONALLY to the stable that first Christmas night.  This redemptive event was spoken of by the LORD HIMSELF (ca. 4K B.C.) in Genesis 3:15; … and also here by the Prophet Isaiah (ca. 700 B.C.) “… the LORD HIMSELF shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a SON, and shall call HIS NAME IMMANUEL.” … and these but two of the multiple allusions to this miracle CHILD scattered throughout the Old Testament.  In spite of the naysayers regarding HIS DEITY, Bethlehem was not the beginning of CHRIST, but merely the launch of a prolonged Theophany gloriously concluded by HIS death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the flesh …” Neither before nor since, has a virgin given birth.  “For unto us a CHILD is born, unto us a SON is given: and the government shall be upon HIS shoulder: and HIS name shall be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.”  To have GOD show up is to usher in the unusual and inexplicable; and to take the interpretation of ‘EMMANUEL’ at face value and file it away is the injustice of all time.  Sadly, “GOD with us” has become a term of utter contempt in the world; and worse yet, a doctrine of digressive and benign impact even among HIS own.

“… why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen HIM go into heaven.”  For all who harbor the true meaning and hope of Christmas in their heart, be of good cheer; the manger was not HIS final visit to earth, nor HIS departure through the clouds to Glory the last time we shall see HIM.  Stay at it Christian, for believe it or not, HIS encore is imminent, and will prove to dwarf the manger of HIS first advent.

“The LORD JESUS CHRIST be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.”


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