January 3, 2012

Splendor and Humility

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenreeder @ 4:51 am

Christmas is filled with oddities.

We get wrapped up in the gifts and festivities and at times lose the point.

Let’s take a couple of minutes and look at the Splendor and Humility of Jesus Christ in Christmas

A paradox is a logical statement or group of statements that lead to a contradiction or a situation which (if true) defies logic or reason.

A is true, B is true, but they cannot both be true logically…but both truths remain true.

Phil 2 – Jesus, being in the very form (greek word “morphe”) of God, took upon Himself the form( same word “morphe”) of a servant

Paradox 1       100% + 100% =100%

God became Man – Luke 2
The Creator of the earth subjected Himself to getting His diapers changed. Col 1 speaks of how the One who holds the entire universe in tact became the most helpless of His creation…yet still held it together somehow. Jesus Christ, being 100% God, set aside the rightful glories of heaven and became 100% man.

The paradox is that 100% + 100% =100%

God + Man = Jesus

Paradox 2      Jesus, the Judge stepped off the bench and took the sentence of the guilty.

God took the punishment that man deserves. Jesus is perfect in every way…He is God, yet He was willing to take the sin of the world on Himself. He is completely innocent and deserves no judgment…He’s the judge and yet He chose to take the punishment that we deserved

Rom 3:23…”all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Rom 6:23…”the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
2 Cor 5:21…”God made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

The Paradox…Jesus, the Judge  stepped off the bench to take the sentence of the guilty.

Paradox 3       Salvation, something man tries to work for, is a free gift of Jesus Christ to man.

After the payment, God gave man a free gift of eternal life.

“Chris” flew into Glenwood Springs, Colorado, went to a bank and withdrew $10,000.00. He proceeded to a local restaurant and visited each table. Imagine having a complete stranger sit at your table and strike up a conversation. He asked what they thought Christmas was about, hinted at a free gift, then left a $100.00 bill on the table as a gift.

A simple illustration that demonstrates receiving something for free. It was not free to the One giving. Chris worked hard to create that wealth. He sacrificed to give a gift.

Jesus sacrificed to give a gift…to us it is free…to Him it cost dearly.

The Paradox…Nothing is ever free. Salvation is a free gift of Jesus Christ to man.

Splendor and Humility

Christmas hath a darkness;
Brighter than the blazing noon;
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.
-Christina Rossetti


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