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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us


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While the time of year may be wrong to celebrate His birth, it is never wrong to celebrate Jesus, as long as we celebrate Him for the right reason and for who He actually is.

At Christmas the focus tends to be on baby Jesus, meek and mild, but here are some of the more neglected things that scripture tells us in its account of Jesus’ birth. To me they describe a Jesus far different to the one commonly  portrayed at Christmas.

“… you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end”

“… that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

“there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ”

“…she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”

“Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against …that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

 

 

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After today I’ll be away for two weeks and any comments will have to wait for moderation until after my return.

And over this period when so many celebrate christmas in ways that give Jesus so little thought (or if they do think of Him they think of a baby in a manger), my prayer is that more will see Him as the crucified King who could not be held by death. The Messiah, risen and seated at theFather’s right hand, who will one day return to rule.

 

The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel

Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,lest  He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

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4 Responses to “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”


  1. December 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you, brother, for this reminder of what we celebrate ! May you enjoy God’s Presence, “God with us,” now and always. BLESS you, and have a good trip.

    In Jesus, Steve

  2. December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks dear man for your constant reminders of what really counts.

  3. 4 Marleen
    January 7, 2014 at 4:28 am

    “And you shall call his name Jesus (based in the word salvation).”

    Even if people draw more out of the baby aspect
    of the story there is so much, as you’ve shown.

    Caesar was considered the Savior at the time, who
    brought peace (“peace”) to the empire in establishing it
    in one place after another through conquest and subordinates.

    But Jesus will save the people from their sins (and bring real peace).

    Whereas Caesar was called a son among the gods, people would decide which they believe…
    not only in a sense of mental assent so they can tell themselves they are good or going to heaven…
    but in real world ways here and now as faith is evidenced in not bearing false witness, slander, and jostling
    [especially within a system that celebrated power and strength of itself and resultant benefaction of wealth/goods].


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