Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The most profound miracle and mystery of the universe

The Child Jesus by Alexandre Bida
"The Child Jesus" - Alexandre Bida
TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 85:1-13

TO CHEW ON: "Mercy and truth have met together,
Righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85:10

In the last few weeks we've been reading about God's righteous standard, His disappointment when His people don't live up to it, and His judgment. If we just read about the God of the Old Testament, we might picture a strict potentate who rigidly enforces His standards with an iron hand.

But our passage today, though still in the OT,  intimates another part to the story. It shows another side of God—the mercy and peace side, the side we celebrate on the 25th of this month.

For God, knowing we could never live up to His standard, sent Someone who could, an incarnation of Himself—Jesus the Son. The truth of what is right meets God's mercy for our human condition. His righteous standard that forever puts us at odds with Him makes peace with us through Jesus.

This meeting of mercy and truth, righteousness and peace playing out in the incarnation has fascinated philosophers and theologians ever since there have been such people. They have tried to understand how it works, argued over its fine points, and parted ways over differences of belief. It is really the point of the whole Bible—the Gospel, good news.  I love how Wayne Grudem sums it up at the end of the chapter "The Person of Christ" in his Systematic Theology:

"It (the incarnation) is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible—far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing even than the creation of the universe. The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human  nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe" - p. 563.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for this mystery and miracle and what it means for me: I have Your mercy, I have peace with You. Thank You!

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