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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Mighty God

One of my favorite verses to reflect on at Christmas time is Isaiah 9:6 which says "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Yesterday I focused on the first name that God calls baby Jesus - "Wonderful Counselor". Today I am pondering the second name - "Mighty God".

Jesus is the Mighty God! While Jesus was fully human he was not merely man. JI Packer says "The really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man... The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the incarnation."

Though many photos show Jesus looking soft with flowing hair and a white robe - we know that he was actually a construction worker with callused hands and muscles on his frame. Many people have claimed to be speaking for God such as Buddha, Muhammad and Gandhi - but very few claim to BE God. Jesus was not killed for telling stories and healing people but for claiming to be God.

Matthew 1:23 says "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means "God with us." So who do you say that he is?

Our only appropriate response to Jesus is to worship him as God. If you saw Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of Christ" you were moved by the reality of Jesus' humanity as you watched him be flogged and crucified. It was the portrayal of Jesus' humanity while maintaining his deity that made this movie a box office hit. Do not forget what this baby Jesus - the Mighty God - has done for you - and worship him during this holiday season. He is worthy!

Walk with the King!


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