Having yesterday considered our calling to look forward to our celebration of God's wonderful gift to us, namely, His Son, and through Him salvation, we should today go a step further into this rich truth.
In Isaiah 40:10 we read, "Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold his reward is with him, and his work before him." Here we have a very comforting truth in regard to our Savior's birth. He came with a strong arm and hand, which will fulfill all God's promises to us -- from the promise He gave us the day we fell into sin, onward to those in the book of Revelation. He will crush the head of Satan and his hosts through the crushing of His heel on the cross. The victory for us is absolutely sure!
This is true because, as Isaiah presented it, when Christ suffers on His cross it is God, as He came into our flesh, Who is realizing salvation for us. Christ is the second Person in the Holy Trinity Who died in His human nature, in order that we may be raised to heavenly glory through Him. He came, not as the strongest man, but as the almighty God. The strongest man, Adam, could not stand before Satan. He fell. But the almighty God came in our flesh to save us fully by His strong hand and arm. He Who is the I AM, realized for us what we will be everlastingly. We must say, "I will do this or that, if God gives me strength." He, the I AM, depends on no one and nothing. Indeed, all things depend upon Him. We have an almighty Savior.
What a blessed gift our Savior is! How wonderful it is that we have the almighty God as our Savior, the Savior before Whom Satan and all his host of fallen angels and ungodly men cannot stand! Our salvation is sure because our almighty Savior came and is realizing our salvation in all that which is taking place in the world.
Read: John 14:1-11
Quote for Reflection:
"The whole gospel is contained in Christ." ~ John Calvin
- Date: 2-December