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Too GOD to be True?

December 25

“But made HIMSELF of no reputation, and took upon HIM the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”  Philippians 2:7

 

“There never was then, nor are there now, any peripherals to Bethlehem.”

 

 

 

All of Adam’s kin were woefully inadequate for the task of saving the human race from the supernatural course of sin.  ‘If you want it done right, do it yourself’ … was necessarily, the SPIRIT at work regarding our redemption.  There was no other alternative, than that GOD become flesh, so as HE might die in our stead.  There never was then, nor are there now, any peripherals to Bethlehem.  From its inception, the sole intent and focus of the manger was the crosshair of Calvary.  Though the birth of the SAVIOR was a glorious event; it was incidental to the main point of HIS life, and ultimate purpose.  “And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”   The ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ are long past; and the incarnation has run its horrible race to its bloody conclusion.  Had JESUS CHRIST not went to Golgotha and been crucified, spending every last drop of blood, and exhausting HIS final breath; the manger down the road would have been a teary tale of no eternal benefit.  “Looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD.  For consider HIM that endured such contradiction of sinners against HIMSELF …” 

The wonderful Christmas story of Luke chapter 2 is not meant to well us up with warm fuzzies; but to convict us in the cold sweat of what our sin caused the CREATOR to endure.  “As many were astonied at THEE; HIS visage was so marred more than any man, and HIS form more than the sons of men … there is no beauty that we should desire HIM.  HE is despised and rejected of men; a MAN of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from HIM; HE was despised, and we esteemed HIM not.”    The BABE of frankincense fame had suffered sin’s final blow.  CHRIST, in an inexplicable package exchange, took what was ours, and gave us what was HIS; a scene which even the most heartfelt ‘Merry Christmas’ fails to depict.  The LORD of all came to a stable in the shadow of HIS cross; and the Christmas story, begun so beautifully in Bethlehem, came crashing back to earth with deadly accuracy.  Is all this too 'GOD' to be true … for you?

“But we see JESUS, WHO was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that HE by the grace of GOD should taste death for every man.”


For Love of Country
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)
(Supreme Court Justice; known as: "The Great Dissenter")
"The great act of faith is when man decides that he is not GOD."

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