December 06, 2013

Mighty God

Isaiah 9:6-7

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.
—Colossians 2:9


Many years ago, as our family was opening Christmas cards, one of our young children asked, “Why is there a circle behind baby Jesus’ head?” His older sister quickly replied, “It’s called a halo; it’s there because he’s God.”

Isaiah similarly reminds us that the baby in the manger is “Mighty God.” All things in heaven and earth were created by him, “and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). The wind and the waves obey his command (Luke 8:25). People marveled at the authority of his word (Matthew 7:28-29). He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13). There is no one greater; he has no equal. He is eternal God, who is, was, and is to come (Revelation 1:8).

Jesus stands above time and space—the all-present, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-glorious Lord, “who, being in very nature God … made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-7). For us and our salvation, God in Jesus entered this world as a helpless baby.

He did all this for you and me. Marvel at the incarnation: God coming to us in human flesh. Devote your life in gratitude to the babe in the manger, for he is our God.

Savior who came into the world, words cannot express the depth of our gratitude for the gift of yourself for our salvation. We give ourselves to you as thank offerings, praying in your name. Amen.

About the author — Calvin Aardsma

Calvin Aardsma has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He has served churches in Indiana, Oregon, and the Chicago area. Currently, he is a pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. He also serves on the board of the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Cal and his wife, Sandy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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