Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
I read this week how countless Christians love Charles Wesley’s commitment to and knowledge of his Savior and the Scriptures, for he wove into his music and poetry deep insights which challenge and thrill us even today. The third verse of the hymn “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?” sets the stage for the implementation of His majestic plan of Salvation: “He left His father’s throne above, So free, so infinite His grace! Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam’s helpless race; T’is mercy all! Immense and free, For, O my God, it found out me!”
Romans 3:23-26“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Amazing love! The plan involved the death of “God the Son”. The Creator dying for the creation. The righteous Judge taking on Himself the penalty of the condemned. The rejected Holy One becoming sin on behalf of the true sinner. The convicted ones, powerless to alter the situation, simply receiving the offered grace through faith.
John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Amazing love! First, God had to take on Himself the nature of the condemned, live a guiltless life so that He could die as a substitutionary sacrifice. To do so, “God the Son” had to leave His Father’s throne. And, although “being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God [was willing to give up his kingly status]: But made himself of no reputation [literally, ‘emptied himself’], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men … and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” – Philippians 26-8.
Galatians 4:4-5New “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
Adam had rebelled against his Creator’s authority (original sin), and all of mankind suffered. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” – Romans 5:12, yet Christ’s work on the cross changed all that. “For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many” (v. 15).
Matthew 1:20-21But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. , for He will save His people from their sins.”
Amazing love! Jesus Christ, “Immanuel” - God with us, became incarnate to be our blessed Redeemer and Savior. This is why we celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas! Brian