Friday, December 24, 2021

Orange Moon Friday, December 24, 2021 "The Mystery, the Miracle"

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

"The Mystery, the Miracle"

     The mystery can never be completely solved, at least in terms our finite minds can comprehend.  No less than the Apostle Paul acknowledged its sublime wonder.

    "Great is the mystery of godliness.  God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).

    Long ago, in the womb of a virgin, two realms of fundamentally different and seemingly conflicting realities united to form the greatest of all mysteries, and the most incomprehensible of miracles.  God and man.  Eternity and time.  The Infinite and the finite.  Omnipotence and weakness.  All met in the Lord Jesus Christ, forming a being beyond all understanding and comprehension.  Such glory ushers us to the portal of the mystery, beckons us to enter, but quickly reveals that we can never begin to fully fathom the being and person of the Lord Jesus.  Great indeed is the mystery, and great our need to acknowledge that the Savior we trust transcends our understanding by an infinite measure.  "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).

    The mystery, however, does not transcend our ability to know the Lord Jesus well enough to trust and submit to Him in confidence of His involved presence in our lives.  By the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, God reveals the light of Christ in terms we can grasp well enough to respond to Him.  Certainly, we can never know all.  But we can know some, and we can know more as we respond to our Heavenly Father's working in our hearts and minds. 

    "The path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).
    "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

     Who is the Lord Jesus in terms of being both God and man?  How does the knowledge of both aspects of His Person impact our response to God?  Most people love a mystery, enjoying the journey of discovery, and looking forward to finding the solution in the end.  Ever before us  is the greatest of all mysteries, that is, the Person of Christ.  How can He even exist?  Perhaps the best answer finds the mystery giving way to a miracle.  The One who performed so many acts of God as a man is Himself the greatest of all acts of God, and the most wondrous of all miracles.  In both Heaven and earth, there is no one like the Lord Jesus Christ.  He exists as the God who became man, and the man who remains God.  He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the Lamb of God.  His substance comprises both Heaven and earth, His understanding involves the omniscience of the Divine and the experience of the human, and He perfectly relates to the everlasting Father and to temporal humanity.  As theologians suggest, the Lord Jesus is as much God as if He were not man, and as much man as if He were not God.  Great indeed is the mystery!

    Great also is the miracle that graced the manger of Bethlehem when the eternal God entered the world He had made.  We do well to see our Lord in such terms as we seek to trust His working in our lives.  How able is He to meet our needs and fulfill His purposes?  So much so that He is Himself the greatest of all miracles.  Realizing the truth greatly encourages us to trust the Lord Jesus in all things.  Yes, great is the mystery because great is the Miracle….

"The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
(John 1:14)

Weekly Memory Verse
   "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." 
(John 1:12).


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