Luke 2:39-40 – When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
It was the will of God that Christ should be made like the rest of us humans in all requirements of the Law and all the natural stages of infancy and childhood. And so He was, yet WITHOUT SIN, and WITH significant evidence of God’s Divine nature in Him. All His mental, physical and spiritual faculties performed their function by the Spirit of God in a manner never seen in anyone else. All children demonstrate a measure of foolishness in their hearts that appears in what they say or do, but He was filled with wisdom that demonstrated the grace and truth of God in all things. Everything He said and did was wisely spoken and wisely done, above and beyond His years of human development, and in a manner befitting our Creator. At one time or another, all children show the proof of their fallen nature, yet nothing but the grace of God was upon the Christ-child.
The Apostle John spoke of Him this way, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14. There was no other way to explain or describe the amazing character and nature of this unique individual. Elsewhere in Scriptures, the Apostle Paul speaks of Him as the “mystery of God… in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:2,3. And, he proclaims Christ as “the power and wisdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:24. This child would face all the challenges of childhood and youth, with all their temptations, and yet remain sinless and pure. “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.” When He was grown, He alone would be qualified to become the perfect Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! When His sacrificial work was completed, He alone would be qualified to be our great high priest to intercede for us in heaven! This was God’s amazing plan and grace at work. He so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON!
Philippians 2:6-11 speaks of Him this way – Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Celebrate the wisdom and grace of God revealed in Christ Jesus!
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: John & Christine Fargo (Giovanni, Isabelle, Claire), Sara Fellows, David & Ilene Fetzner.
- Praise God for a plan of salvation that is so effective, so merciful, so kind, and soooo perfect!
- Thank God for a Savior who is acquainted with all of the temptations, challenges and issues that we all face in growing from childhood to maturity!
- Praise God for providing such a faithful and obedient servant to accomplish our redemption!
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Bow and confess that Jesus is Lord!
- Celebrate the gift of God in Christ Jesus!
Prayer Challenge: Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16.