GREAT
IS THE MYSTERY


Great, indeed, is the mystery of godliness.
God became "flesh, and dwelt among us"
(John 1:1,14), thereby opening the way
for sinful man to be reconciled to an all-
holy God.   The birth of Jesus Christ may
provide only sentimental imagery and
religious ceremony for multitudes, but for
the one who has trusted Christ as Saviour,
the incarnation of the Lord of Glory takes
on immeasurable meaning.   The commer-
cialism and pagan folklore which charac-
terize the Christmas season must never
deter the child of God from being thankful
for and boldly proclaiming the significance
of Christ's coming to a lost and dying world.
1 Timothy 3:16 succinctly states the true
message to be heralded far and wide:

"God Was Manifest in the Flesh"

The Person of Christ is of central importance.
He is no less than absolute deity since taking on the
form of flesh through the virgin Birth than before.
Only the sinless Son of God could offer Himself
as the perfect, sacrificial substitute to bear the
eternal judgment due the sinner.   The Son of
God came to die so that we, through faith in the
power of His shed blood, might live!

"Justified in the Spirit"

All that Christ did in His earthly ministry was
performed by the power of the Holy Spirit.   The
Spirit was given unto Him without limit (John
3:34).   Every action, miracle, word, desire and
thought were in perfect agreement with His
Father's will.   Subsequent generations of believ-
ers would learn by His example the importance
of the indwelling Spirit's ministry.

"Seen of Angels"

The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ was a won-
derful and marvellous event to the angels.   Their
Creator was coming to dwell among them.   The
joyous exaltation of the angelic host at His birth

and their deep interest in all things pertaining to
His earthly ministry reveal an attitude we would
do well to emulate (Luke 2:7-14).   All glory and
praise are due the Son!

"Preached Unto the Gentiles"

Much of the Scripture dealing with the first
advent of Christ has to do with promises made
to Israel that will be fulfilled when He returns to
set up His millennial kingdom.   But we thank
God for the glorious Gospel of salvation by
grace through faith offered to Jew and Gentile
alike NOW!   Because Jesus Christ came, "who-
soever will"
may come and partake of the water
of life freely (Revelation 22:17).

"Believed on in the World"

This is a crucial point of the message.   Not all
who "celebrate Christmas" are at peace with
God.   Only those who have received by faith the
Biblical testimony of Christ's eternal Person
and His perfect and finished Work on Calvary's
cross, and have believed on Him for their salva-
tion, can rightfully call God their Heavenly
Father and claim the promise of everlasting
life.

"Received Up into Glory"

The bodily resurrection and ascension of the
Lord into Heaven was a public acknowledg-
ment of the Father's acceptance of the work
Christ had wrought on behalf of sinful man.
And not only does this speak of a living Saviour,
it also reminds us of our Lord's present, High
Priestly ministry at the right hand of the Father
where "he ever liveth to make intercession" for
the child of God (Hebrews 7:25).

Those who know Christ as Saviour and Lord
gladly rejoice in so great a salvation!   Not saved?
Trust Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour
before it's too late; repent and receive Him now, and YOU
will have eternal salvation!   John 1:12; 3:16,36;
5:24; 6:37.
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"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12).
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."   (John 3:16)
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."   (John 3:36)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."   (John 5:24)
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."   (John 6:37)

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