Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 18, 2019

Christmas, the Wondrous Mystery

(3 Minute Read. Plus video.)

Every knee shall bow and every
tongue confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord (Philippians 2:10,11)

Christmas is almost here! May I wish Christmas Blessings to all readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

At Christmas we celebrate the enfleshment of the Great Creator! The Almighty Creator God became a man!

All things came into being through Him [Jesus Christ], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:3)

Although He [Jesus Christ] existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)

These verses make it clear: the Almighty Creator God of the universe became a man, Jesus of Nazareth! Such an event boggles the imagination. But that’s what happened one night some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, Israel, when Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. That’s what Christmas memorializes and celebrates — the enfleshment of the One who created the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them (Exodus 20:11).

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery is a 2013 Christmas hymn written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker. The theme of the song is contemplation of the wondrous mystery of the Incarnation (God born in human flesh), Crucifixion, and Resurrection. It culminates with our future glorious hope of eternity.

Adoration of the Shepherds
He who holds the universe together
humbled Himself to be born as a man.
(By Italian Guido Reni, 1575–1642)

The first verse of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery focuses on the Incarnation:

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us.

The Incarnation, God becoming man, is certainly a wondrous mystery. Many aspects, like the Virgin Birth, are simply beyond man’s understanding. The entire event of Christmas should generate awe, worship, and renewed commitment in Christians.

What was the purpose of the Incarnation? Why did the Creator enter His creation as a man?

God Almighty sent the King of Creation to rescue humanity from sin. This was the reason for the Incarnation. This mission was the most critical and most difficult task of history — a job nobody else could do.

The task was to pay the penalty for sin by dying as a sinless man in man’s stead. The third verse of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery focuses on the Crucifixion:

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners, hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to Glory
Grace unmeasured love untold.

Had the King of Creation failed in His mission, all men would be destined for hell. The Resurrection was proof that He successfully completed His mission (Acts 17:31). The fourth verse of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery focuses on the Resurrection:

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv’rance, how unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As will we be when He comes.

Here is a rendition of the entire Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery hymn (3:43):

The Second Adam, Creator of heaven and earth, the Lord Christ our Redeemer, came to redeem man as the representative of the human race. This is the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. He alone is worthy of devotion, obedience, and worship.

Christmas Blessings to all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

Questions to Ponder

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. How do you plan to honor Him?
2. In what sense are you and I the reason for the season?
3. Can you think of someone who needs to understand the reason for the season? Do you have a plan to explain it?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom.

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday December 18, 2019 A.D.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8-9)

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