Contemplations of a Savior – Part I

Imagine you are the perfect Being.  Complete.  Holy.  All powerful.  All knowing across the spectrum of time.  Perfection personified within and beyond the universe.

How humbling must it have been to be born as a baby human?!  To obey and submit to flawed earthly parents.  To get along with imperfect, grumbling, jealous siblings.  To grow up in a backwater town in a conquered nation.  To talk and listen among people who for the most part just don’t get it.


To live a routine, hum-drum life as a son, a carpenter, a Jew.  To be basically invisible for most of his youth, adolescence, and young adult life – among fellow humans.

  

And all the while, He never sinned.  Although tempted just as we are on a daily, hourly, or constant basis.  40 days of incessant temptation directly from Satan.  Yet never to have (even once) given in to his earthly human nature – I cannot fathom such a man!


Children learn at such an incredibly young age the tools of manipulation, behavioral modification and reinforcement, and the desire to have it my way.  Me, me, me!  Tantrum, fake tears, jumping up and down.  All to get WHAT I WANT.  This is nothing more than infantile greed, lust for things, desire for control.  The Father of Lies, the Prince of the Air, the roaring lion of destruction – Satan himself – begins early to plot our downfall.  Maybe even at the moment that we are conceived, Satan is assigning demons to bedevil us for our entire earthly existence.


But Jesus, receiving mega-doses of temptation, never gave in and sinned.  And because of His faithfulness, He was able to present Himself as a spotless sacrifice for our sins on the Cross.

  

Unbelievable.  Amazing.  Unfathomable.


Only Jesus.

A Tiny Life

baby-jesus-in-the-manger-3-728-1.jpgA Tiny Life

 

A tiny life

delivered into obscurity

    and humility

Yet full of the Godhead

and imbued with Divine Majesty

 

Set among the common things

    of life

Among animals and mud

Among men who tended sheep

    in the fields above


And yet sought with great earnest

by travelers following prophecy and a star

Lit by the Heavenly Hosts

to bring them nigh the newborn babe

    the long awaited King on High

 

And thus He came

A Baby King

A Light to the Nations

A Savior to the redeemed

the most innocent tiny life

to bring Heaven to earth

and peace inside

 

12/10/15


Inextricably Linked

INEXTRICABLY LINKED

Christmas inextricably linked to Easter


His birth inextricably linked to His death


The manger inextricably linked to the Cross


The Star of Bethlehem inextricably linked to the noon-day darkness of Golgotha


The flight to Egypt and safety inextricably linked to His deliberate journey to Jerusalem and death


My death to sin, the flesh, and self-will inextricably linked to new life in Him


My surrender and trust in Jesus inextricably linked to eternal life in Heaven with Him


Amen, Hallelujah, Amen!