DayBreaks for 12/19/14 – Very God of Very God
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2004:
Do you love mysteries? Maybe you like to read mystery books, or like mystery and suspense movies. But how well do you like to read a mystery that has no conclusion, that doesn’t resolve itself in the end? After all, isn’t find the solution to the mystery part of the fun? It would be frustrating to not be able to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Perhaps that is why so many people get frustrated with Christianity. It is a mystery – there is a lot of mystery to the Christian faith. In Immanuel – Reflections on the Life of Christ, Michael Card suggests: “The basic truths of Christianity are mysteries, not understandable, not ‘our ways’: the virgin birth of Jesus, the Trinity, grace, prayer, the union of the believer with Christ, the Cross, and perhaps most mysterious, and key to them all, the incarnation.
“A simple man, a carpenter from obscure Galilee, was not merely the representative of, but was God incarnate and man deified, ‘very God of very God’ as the creed says. The Infinite contained in the ridiculously finite. Is anyone willing to raise his/her hand and say, ‘I understand’? So, what is our condition, then? Are we irrationalists, left to stumble about, blind, in the dark? Is that the purpose of mystery? We are not irrationalists, we are believers. Only by believing do we “know”. We do not claim to fully understand the mystery. Not in the least, or else it would be no mystery. It is because of the mystery, and not in spite of it, that we know. The mystery calls forth faith, giving us the ability to ‘know’ with the heart as well as the mind.”
Some people can’t deal with mysteries – things which they cannot comprehend. Christmas, i.e., the Incarnation, is a huge mystery. We can ask the how and why questions until we are blue in the face and we would only begin to scratch the surface of the story. But that’s OK. I love a good mystery!
1 Tim. 3:16 (NLT) – Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and was announced to the nations. He was believed on in the world and was taken up into heaven.
Celebrate the wondrous mystery of the faith!
PRAYER: Teach us to think about sin as You do – and know that no sin is good – but to be especially aware of our own tendency to spiritual sins! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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