The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"No One Like Him"
"We shall be like Him" wrote the Apostle John of that blessed day when all of God's trusting sons and daughters will be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. We shall, as certain as God and His Word are true. But not completely (I John 3:2).
"God also hath rightly 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).
Our Heavenly Father purposes to make us like His Son in terms of character, nature, and way. He will fulfill this determination and we will all walk forevermore in spiritual and moral likeness to Christ. "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). Never, however, will the line of demarcation be crossed between ourselves and the Lord Jesus in terms of His divinity and our humanity. He became human, and will forever remain so as the God who became man, and the man who remains God. We will never become divine, however, even as the Divine dwells with and within us. "Thou art God alone" (Psalm 86:10). As the second Person of the Trinity, the Lord Jesus occupies a singular place in the wonder of Heaven and earth united in one glorious Person beyond measure, understanding, and description.
"Great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).
In both Heaven and earth, there is no one like the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that He can even exist as the living synthesis of Deity and humanity comprises the greatest of all God's miraculous doings. Long ago, Solomon wondered how the Lord could dwell in an earthly temple of stone and mortar (II Chronicles 6:18). What would the wise man have said had He known that God would one day dwell in and as a human temple of flesh and blood? Great indeed is the mystery, and greater by infinite measure is the man who, for our sake, will forever be human, while forever remaining divine. In this most holy and elemental sense, there can be no one else like Him. And there is not.
Of all the truths we have sought to communicate in the past quarter century through these messages, the singular reality of Christ's Person and doings has been first and foremost. We will all spend a long eternity of discovery regarding the wonder of the Lord who exists as the God who became man, and the man who remains God. Eternity has already begun for those who have trusted the Father's beloved Son and our beloved Savior. This day offers opportunity to better know the Lord Jesus, and to be made more like Him (II Corinthians 3:18). Little wonder the Apostle Peter calls us to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). Because in both Heaven and earth, there is no one like the Lord Jesus. Nor shall there ever be…
"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him."
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever."
Weekly Memory Verse
The Lord thy God, He it is that shall go with thee.