Rejoice! It is Christmas Morning

We have finally reached the wonderful day! The day we celebrate the birth of our Lord, our Brother, joint heir within the family who has adopted us.

That’s right! The Word had become flesh, but astonishingly, born in a “lowly cattle shed.” How humiliating! When just a few yards away we could hear the hubbub and excitement of a reunion uniting friends and relatives. Yes, I realize they didn’t have any choice in the matter because Caesar Augustus issued that decree regarding a census to be taken of the entire Roman world. But, the most interesting part is how Yahweh uses [or orchestrates] the events of men to accomplish His plans! Amazing!

But that is the way our God works. His “weakness” is greater than our strength and His “foolishness” is greater than all our wisdom. Even our pride, our hatred, our fear, and our selfishness cannot defeat His unfailing love.

For me, the great mystery and wonder is how a baby lying in a manger, as frail and helpless as any other scrap of human life, could have grown into a Man of matchless quality, a Man of such tempered strength that even death could not hold Him.

The baby we worship today is now alive eternally, both in our hearts and beyond time-and-space, the King who must rein! He Governs and rules over all we freely and willingly submits to Him. He is our Lord and King, unmatched in wonder and awe.

The hymnists understood how exciting this event:

Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God in the highest:
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Oh, wow!

The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light.
    The light will shine on those who live in the land of death’s shadow (Isaiah 9:2)

Praise Yahweh, my soul!
    Praise his holy name, all that is within me.
Praise Yahweh, my soul,
    and never forget all the good he has done:
         He is the one who forgives all your sins,
            the one who heals all your diseases,
             the one who rescues your life from the pit,
            the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion,
             the one who fills your life with blessings
                so that you become young again like an eagle (Psalm 103:1-5)

Amen! In all of his humility, Jesus brought us light!

Christ, by highest heav’n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

“Gloria in excelsis Deo”
“Gloria in excelsis Deo”
“Gloria in excelsis Deo”
(Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”)

Doulos Studies

(I send out messages like this each morning in emails, and if you are interested in receiving them, send me your email address and I will add you to the list: Mail List)

I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

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