And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
Today’s Morsel: There seems to have been some concern as to who Jesus was. Paul wanted Timothy to ensure that in his ministry he had an understanding as to who He was. And so he explains to him that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. Paul said that the creator of heaven and earth came to earth, and then went back up into glory. He told the church at Colossi, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:8-9). There are many deceptions about Christ and we need to be aware of them. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13). Christmas is not a time to debate doctrine. It’s a time to understand who Jesus is so that you no longer live in confusion and miss the clear meaning of Christmas.
Sing: And the first time that You opened Your eyes, Did You realize that You would be my Savior. And the first breath that left Your lips, Did You know that it would change this world forever.
And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years,To what this midnight made so clear; That You have come to meet me here.