Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wonderful Mystery!

God was manifest in the flesh!
Our Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, lived, acted, obeyed, suffered, died and rose again—for His people.

He came down to earth—that they might go up to heaven.

He suffered—that they might reign.

He became a servant—that they might become kings and priests unto God.

He died that—they might live.

He bore the cross—that their enmity might be slain, and their sins expiated.

He loved them—that they might love God.

He was rich and became poor—that they, who were poor, might be made rich.

He descended into the grave—that they might sit in heavenly places.

He emptied Himself—that they might be filled with all the fullness of God.

He took upon Him human nature—that they might be partakers of the divine nature.

He made Himself of no reputation—that they might wear His new name, and obtain eternal excellency.

He became a worm, and no man—that they, who were sinful worms, might be made equal to the angels.

He bore the curse of a broken covenant—that they might partake of all the blessings of the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.

Though heir of all things, He was willingly despised of the people—that they, who were justly condemned, might obtain an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and which fades not away.

His death was a satisfaction to divine justice, a ransom for many, a propitiation for sin, a sweet smelling savor to God—that we, who were an offence to God, might become His sons and daughters.

He was made sin for His people—that they might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Though Lord of all, He took the form of a servant—that they, who were the servants of sin, might prevail like princes with God.

He had no where to lay His head—that they who otherwise must have lain down in eternal sorrow, might reach the mansions in His Father's house.

He drank the cup of God's indignation—that they might forever drink of the river of his pleasures.

He hungered—that they might eat the bread of life.

He thirsted—that they might drink the water of life.

He was numbered with the transgressors—that they might stand among the justified, and be counted among His jewels.

Though He existed from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth was, yet He became a helpless infant—that creatures of yesterday, sentenced to death, might live forever.

He wore a crown of thorns—that all who love His appearing, might wear a crown of life.

He wept tears of anguish—that His elect might weep tears of godly repentance.

He bore the yoke of obedience unto death—that they might find His yoke easy and His burden light.

He poured out his soul unto death, lay three days in the heart of the earth, then burst the bars of death, and arose to God—that they, who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage, might obtain the victory over the grave and become partakers of His resurrection.

He exhausted the penalty of the law—that His redeemed might have access to His inexhaustible treasures of mercy,wisdom, faithfulness, truth and grace.

He was matchless in grace—that they might be matchless in gratitude.

Though a Son, He became a voluntary exile—that they, who had wickedly wandered afar off, might be brought near by His blood.

His visage was so marred more than any man—that His ransomed ones might be presented before God without spot, or blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing.

For a time He was forsaken of his Father—that they, whom He bought with His blood, might behold the light of God's
countenance forever.

He came and dwelt with them—that they might be forever with the Lord.

He was hung up naked before His insulting foes—that all who believe on His name, might wear a glorious wedding garment—a spotless righteousness.

Wonderful mystery! God was manifest in the flesh! Blessed is he who loves the incarnate mystery, and rests upon it. It is a mystery   of love,  of truth,  of grace,  of wisdom,  of condescension,  of power,  of salvation! It is the great study of the inhabitants of heaven, and shall be while immortality endures!

[William S. Plumer]

1 Timothy 3:16 ... And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Matthew 1:23 ... Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

1 John 4:9 ... In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.