Luke 1:80 So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
Luke 2:51–52 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
On Christmas Eve I brought a message on the glory of God in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. According to the Scriptures, Jesus was God in the flesh from the moment of His conception for He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. No other time was a birth foretold 700 years earlier. No other time has a woman conceived without a human father. The incarnation of Christ was to the glory of God alone. The angels in the heavens proclaimed the glory of God to the shepherds crying “Glory to God in the highest!”
The uniqueness of the virgin birth leads us into the uniqueness of the Christ. Jesus claimed equality with God. He claimed that He and the Father are one. Jesus claimed to be the human temple of the Spirit of God when He told the disciples to destroy “this temple” and in three days he would raise it up. Therefore, Jesus Christ was 100% man with the full DNA of Mary and He was 100% God with full essence of God. At twelve years of age Jesus told his parents that he must “be about my Father’s business.”
The importance of the incarnation of God into human flesh cannot be understated. This teaching has been attacked for two thousand years! The liberal mind that is against God cannot wrap itself around God in flesh. Yet in order for the sinless sacrifice to die the only begotten Son of God had to have a body capable of being crucified. Spend some time today glorifying God for the incarnation of the Son, God in human flesh to become our Redeemer, our Savior.
Christmas is past but our tree is still up. We are still rejoicing in the birth of our Savior. The Massey family came in last night for two nights. We are always thankful for their friendship and the time we get together with them.
Our Christmas day was filled with family and friends. It started Christmas Eve with a wonderful service in the morning, a God-exalting singing and worship time in the evening at my house, then rounded into a fabulous Christmas day filled with contacts from all of our children (we love video calls) and grandchildren. If a full house is a happy house then we had lots of happiness, and we did. We ended the day with “A Muppet Christmas Carol” laughing and singing along with the Muppets.
What special things did your family do this Christmas? I would love to hear from you.
Have a great day in the Lord,