Saturday, December 19, 2015

God’s Revelation in the Manger - December 19, 2015

Hebrews 1:1-6(New King James Version)
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

5 For to which of the angels did He ever say:

“ You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”?[Psalm 2:7]

And again:

“ I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son”?[2 Samuel 7:14]

6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:

“ Let all the angels of God worship Him.”[Deuteronomy 32:43]

You really can't go out to the mall these days without being caught up in the holiday crowds. Parking places are hard to find, and the frustration builds as you walking through the crowds shopping in the stores. As bad as it seems here, it pales in comparison to a trip we made to Rockefeller Center in New York City we made one year during Christmastime. The crowds were so thick that it took almost an hour to move just a few yards from one side of the center to the other. All this to see the Christmas tree.

It's a shame that for most, the true adoration of God's revelation to mankind of Himself, has been lost by the commercialism of the season. In a tiny baby Jesus in the manger, God chose to show Himself to us, and in doing so made it possible for us to one day be with Him. If it were not for the gift of Jesus, the Son coming to us as a man, we would have been lost on our sins, apart from the One who made us. Even the angels worship the gift of mercy and grace, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

While we busily make our way through the crowds this week before Christmas looking for that perfect gift for that special someone, let us not forget that special gift from God of His loved One. Let this year not pass by without remembering in awe what He has done for us.

Icon of the Nativity, the Birth of Jesus (1304-1306) by Giotto di Bondone

The past several I have taken you with me on my Advent journey as I travel the path of "the coming", the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading these highlights about our Savior as much as I do.

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