The pre-Christmas buzz
Contd from previous issue
No one and nothing can contradict that God has made to be He who would excel in wisdom. 1 Cor 1:30 says, “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us Wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
The world’s greatest inventions and discoveries happened to those who ‘did not rely on their own understanding,’ but sought wisdom from the LORD. When no living person on earth could tell as to whether the earth was round or flat, Christopher Columbus sought the answer from the Scriptue. God showed him Isaiah 40:22 that proved that the earth was round, “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth …..” But, it takes true conversion to have great truths revealed, which are otherwise hidden. Colossians 2:3 says, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
GOD’S OWN GRACE AT WORK: Isaiah 11:4, “But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth....” In Christ we have a Judge who will never deviate from the path of righteousness. In worldly judgment of things, the corruptible human mind tilts heavily towards one’s own advantage. Even when glaring evidences are there to establish a wrong, an honest prompting to take sides in favour of what is right is held back, if one’s own interest stands to be harmed in the bargain.
But in Jesus, no such lopsided considerations are there. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). In a sinner, He sees spiritual poverty. The only way to scrape through condemnation is to appeal for His grace and mercy. In passing judgment on others, we mortals are troubled by our own prejudiced notions like ‘what will the victim think of me?’ The Lord’s primary concern, however, is, “For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him that sent Me (John 6:38).”
The only way for a sinner to come out clean is to repent, confess sin and seek the Lord’s pardon. Whoever does that with a broken heart, Jesus justifies with His own righteousness. 2 Cor 5:21 says, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” In the Lord’s scheme of things, men can rest assured that as long as there’s a sense of repentance for sin, and a feeing of worthlessness in the sinner, the Lord’s grace will be in effect to impute righteousness.
JESUS WAS GRACE-PLUS: Keep aside His divine empowerment. Even the amazing feats Jesus achieved as a ‘Man of woman-born’ was simply mind-blowing. He had the in-built power and authority to command the Angels to destroy any one who dared to ‘raise His hackles.’ But the Son of God never used this supra-normal ability for personal vendetta. He was humility personified. His birth to take human form after having enjoyed the other-worldly perks of heaven, by itself, presupposes that his purpose as the Saviour was over the top. The height of His sacrifice was given in Phil. 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” His ‘likeness of men’ ended in the bodily form he took. In everything else, He was ‘unlike men.’
There was no trace of disgrace in Christ. The choice of the place of His birth itself was proof that ‘His grace was sufficient’ to convert a ‘base place’ into a chaste ‘palace’ of a heavenly Sage.
There was no person in history the story of whose future birth was foretold hundreds of years in advance. Micah 5:2 is a case in point, “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel (Jesus).”
His mission on earth was equally unique, “And she shalt bring forth a Son, you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).”