A Voice Sounds Forth

He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:18)

The Only-begotten Son of God is also the firstborn son of Mary (who incidentally was a virgin at the time of His birth) and is the firstborn from the dead! Before the creation song sounded forth, the Son of God was there! As the voice of God hearkened and beckoned forth everything from ants to anteaters, pelicans to petunias, the Word of God rang through the dales. After the proclamation of God’s design was made known to a young girl, the Word of God became flesh and was born into our world. Sinful men could not abide the Words of love they were hearing so they silenced Him. But the Word of God will not be silenced – from the grave once again rang the voice of our Creator. A voice that sings out to this day in His churches!

Word of God, speak! Amen!

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Christmas in a Nutshell

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Daily Advent Reading: John 1:14-18

Luke provides the most detailed account of Christmas. Matthew offers a more succinct version. John gives us one verse. John’s Gospel is known for the Gospel in a nutshell (John 3:16), but in his prologue he gives us the message of Christmas in a nutshell: Christ, the eternal “Word” of God, descended to our world, became man, and lived among and for us sinners. And how do you sum up Christ’s life in a nutshell? He was “full of grace and truth.” Christ is full of grace: absolutely no one deserves His gifts of forgiveness and everlasting life; nevertheless, He becomes flesh to bless all who believe with nothing less than eternity! And He is full of truth: knowing what is best for us, He tells us to look no further than Him: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).

Lord Jesus, show us Your grace and truth. Amen.