"He….encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord." Acts 11:23
The Glory of the Incarnation!
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter nineteen, verse ten, we are reminded that Jesus came to seek and to save those who were lost. Had man not been lost, He never would have had to come. Now here is a sobering thought — to our sin we owe the incarnation! As we contemplate the Christmas season and all of it's hustle and bustle, let us revel in the glory of the incarnation, that moment in time when God became man, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. That time when God, the Invisible, appeared. Ponder it's mystery, slight not its history, glory in it's majesty and clarity, it is such a wonderful story to tell. One of my favorite advent poems is that by Charles Wesley, one of the great hymn writers of all time. It deserves our thoughtful meditation.
Glory be to God on high, and Peace on earth descend;
As I reflect upon Wesley's words, I wonder, "Why would He who dwells above want to dwell below? Why would He who is invisible want to appear? How can one whom heaven cannot contain be confined to dwell within an earthly body?" How, my friend, can we ever fathom an eternal, heaven-dwelling, immortal God becoming a mortal human being? It is beyond our comprehension, but not beyond our praise – "Stand amaz'd ye Heavens at This!"
With Paul, in II Corinthians 9:15, we also say, "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." Along with the incarnation texts of Scriptures, may we meditate upon these verses of Wesley's hymn. The glory of the incarnation is certainly worthy of our utmost contemplation.
A Baby's hands in Bethlehem were small and softly curled.
Maynard H. Belt
Mich. Assoc. of Regular Baptist Churches