Monday, July 9, 2018

"The MIracle"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"The Miracle"
    One day long ago, "God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).  The Lord Jesus Christ took upon Himself the humanity He had created, and which had fallen into sin and its fatally degrading effects.  Such condescension is mind boggling and heart rending, even as the Apostle Paul affirmed regarding our Lord's incarnation, "great is the mystery of godliness."  How does infinite Divinity and finite humanity dwell in and as one singularly glorious Being?  In both Heaven and earth, there is no one like the Lord Jesus, the God who became man, and the man who remains God.  According to human understanding, He shouldn't even exist.  Of the earthly temple in Israel, Solomon declared, "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?  Behold, the heaven and Heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee!  How much less this house I have builded!" (I Kings 8:27).  Our Lord who performed miracles was and is Himself a greater miracle than the temple, the supernatural masterpiece of the Holy Spirit overshadowing a woman and overwhelming the understanding of all who seriously consider the reality of "God… manifest in the flesh."

    Biblical truth can become familiar enough to us that we forget the monumental measure of its declaration to our hearts and minds.  This especially concerns the nature of our Lord Himself.  We therefore do well to sometimes still ourselves before an open Bible, considering anew the magnificent glory and lowly humility of the Son of God who is also the son of man (John 20:31; 3:13).  We first embrace the mystery of who He is for the purpose of awed appreciation and adoration.  "How great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty!" (Zechariah 9:17).  We then apply such truth to His way in our lives and in the world.  Indeed, if we cannot fathom the fact of our Savior's very existence, how can we understand God's ways?  To a large degree we cannot, leading us to the life of faith that confesses, "Thou knowest!" (Ezekiel 37:3).  Great mystery often awaits us as we encounter our Heavenly Father's determinations and allowances along the path of righteousness.  However, the greatest mystery always involves the person of the Lord Jesus, again, the God who is man and the man who remains God.  Wonder of all wonders, glory of all glories, and miracle of all miracles - this is the Christ in whom Heaven and earth unite for the glory of God and redemption of humanity.

    Regardless of how well we know and understand the Lord Jesus in the light of Scripture and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, we know nothing yet as we ought to know (I Corinthians 8:2).  He performed many miracles during His earthly sojourn.  He continues to work mightily by the Spirit to fulfill His Father's purposes in us.  However, nothing compares with the miracle that constitutes His very being and existence.  Great indeed is the mystery.  Great is The Miracle...

"The Word was God… the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."
(John 1:1; 14)

Weekly Memory Verse
    For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
(John 1:17)

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