Christmas In Three Words

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”

1 Timothy 3:16

On Christmas morning I asked our older grandkids if they could explain to me the meaning of Christmas in just three words and I was delighted when they could. So this is Christmas in a nutshell: Three simple words, “Word became flesh”. The apostle John tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” If you keep reading on down in John chapter 1 you see how John connects it all together for us when he writes in verse 14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” A truth so simple even my grandkids understand it.

I read of a pastor who received a Christmas card a number of years ago that he kept because it clearly communicates the message of Christmas and what sets Jesus apart from every other leader or ruler the world has ever known. The Christmas card had a picture on the front of several different faces of leaders, tyranical rulers of the past. Mao was on it, Hitler was on it, Stalin was on it, Miharishima Heshiogi was on it, King Tut was on it, even Caesar was on it. When you open up the card it said this on the inside, "History is crowded with men who would be gods but only one God who would be man.

Yes, Christmas may have come and gone again this year but the good news of the Gospel is God has never left us. Jesus came crawling into this world in the form of a baby so we could see God and now the Holy Spirit is here to be with us and in us so that we too can know God, His peace and His presence. You don’t need to follow a star to Bethlehem to find Jesus today. All you need to do is open your heart to Him, to succeed where the Inn Keeper failed. Make room for Jesus in your heart by answering the door.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20


Michael Osthimer





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