Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"The Consideration of Christ"

    "Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).
    The Apostle Paul presents an impossible dichotomy in his affirmation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the fusion of the Divine and the human.  By all logic, there should be no union between the Eternal and the temporal, the Infinite and the finite, the Spiritual and the earthly, and the Righteous and the unrighteous.
    "What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion hath light with darkness?" (II Corinthians 6:14).
     The answer is that righteousness has no fellowship with unrighteousness, and light has no communion with darkness.  Nor do the Infinite and finite unite, or the Spiritual and the earthly, or the Eternal and temporal.  By definition, God and man can have relationship as separate personal entities, but never should it be expected that they might be as one.  However, this is precisely the wonder of glory that sprang forth when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the womb of a woman to conceive the Christ who is God as man, and man as God.  The result?  The most fascinating reality to which our hearts and minds can attend themselves, the reality of the person of the Lord Jesus.
    In both Heaven and earth, there in no one like Him.  He is glorious beyond all imagining, and hundreds of millions fall before Him (Revelation 5:11).  He is approachable nevertheless, and our access to God is always and forever by the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 7:25).  Countless other enigmas reside in our Savior, mysteries that presently beckon our attention as the prelude into an eternal journey of discovery concerning who and what He is.  Indeed, many interests, responsibilities, and opportunities will invite our attention today.  None begin to compare with the consideration of Christ, however, and time spent pondering this wonder of glory is the best thing we will do in this day.
     Who is the Lord Jesus?  What has He done?  What is He doing?  And what does He promise to do forevermore for the glory of His Father and our benefit?  Forevermore won't be long enough to answer these questions, but this very hour offers to us glimmers of light that illuminate and remind us of the great mystery of God "manifest in the flesh."  We will be changed as we see and remember, changed for the present and eternal better.  In Heaven and earth, there is no one like the Lord Jesus, and there is no one else who can fill and fulfill our hearts.
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:9-11)

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