Suggested Reading: Matt 1:18-25/ Matt 2:1-12/ Luke 1:26-56/ Luke 2:1-20
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Key Verse: John 1:14
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.
The “Word” is one of the many names given for Jesus of Nazareth. God has essentially one “Word” to say to humanity: “JESUS.” Yes, we have many words in Scripture, but the person and work of Jesus, the Christ (Messiah), sums it all up. “WE BEHELD HIS GLORY.” Pilate, the Roman Governor, said to those gathered in his courtyard, “ECCE HOMO”…”BEHOLD THE MAN” is the translation of Pilate’s Latin tongue. Behold Him in the word pictures contained in today’s readings. Let us make this Christmas Day in 2012 A.D. (Anno Domine, the “Year Lord”) a day when we “Behold” Him with new insight. Almost 1000 years ago, the 14 point star was placed on the floor of the cave, 17 feet below the level of the floor of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The points of the star represented the 14 Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem, which were marked for middle ages pilgrims to remind them of the passion of Christ. We cannot separate the birth of Jesus from His suffering and death. The prophet Isaiah made this clear. Isaiah 7:14 (a virgin shall conceive), Isaiah 9:6 (a Child is born, a Son is given, and another of His Names, Mighty God), and then it’s well worth the time to read Isaiah chapter 53 (click here). These Scriptures will help us to “BEHOLD the MAN.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I am beholding You now with a fresh comprehension of Your Glory! Surely You are the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth!!!! I’m overwhelmed by the truth of Your Life amongst the human family. I ask for an ever-increasing flow of grace so that I “May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge…” (Eph. 3:18-19). Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve taken the liberty to go well over my goal of 100 words which comment on today’s Bible reading. So I’ll just take this time to lift my heart and hands in worship. I believe I’m beholding His Glory. Hallelujah!
Yours for a truly Merry Christmas,
P.S. Here’s an extra photo for today from Bethlehem….