"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger..."
"And great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh"
1 Timothy 3:16
I love this passage of scripture. 1 Timothy 3:16," God was manifest in the flesh." Folks, we may not comprehend that, but the apostle Paul didn't either. He said, "I don't understand it." Great is the mystery. God stepped out of Heaven and came to this earth through the portals of a virgin's womb. Friend, Jesus did not have His beginning at Bethlehem. When the Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word," it's not talking about a start but a state. There never was a time when Jesus was not. There never will be a time when Jesus is not. A billion years from now, He will still be God. He is God from everlasting to everlasting. When Jesus was born, He was older than His mother and as old as His Father because He was the Son from Heaven. Jesus did not begin in a manger. He came to earth and was manifest in a manger. This little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes was the great, eternal, uncreated, self-existing Word made flesh. The little baby in Luke 2 in the mighty God of Genesis 1. He is the One who made it all. Before Him "there was nothing that is made." That little baby lying in the straw with dimpled feet is the One who swung planets into space. The little baby boy playing with shavings in Joseph's carpenter shop is God of very God. God manifested in the flesh. Why not ponder this truth today?
What good is to know history and the events of history and not know Jesus? For it is IN HIM we live and move and have our being. He is fully God,m forever God. Thank HIM today for HE is WORTHY of HIS name. At the name of JESUS, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD..........Merry Christmas..........
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3
Abundant life is God's plan for you. In fact it's God's plan for all of us as Christians. The Lord Jesus Christ promised us, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Now, what is abundant life? It is life where all of your needs are met. But more than that, abundant life is where you have enough to bless others. Not only do you receive a blessing, but you are a blessing. The abundant life that Jesus promised is not just life out yonder "in the sweet by and by." It is abundant life right now in the nasty now and now. Every day in every way we are to be having victory in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who in your life is not experiencing the abundant life? Your mother? Your husband? Your best friend? Take time out today to encourage them with this promise in 1st Peter.