Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 9, 2016

Christmas — Doctrine in a Carol!

Day 2608: Doing lines from Christmas carols and expanding on them a bit!

Scripture: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. John 1:14a

Thoughts/questions: From a favorite carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Hail the Flesh, the God Head see, hail the incarnate Deity. Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! Hark! the herald angels sing, glory to the new-born King

The concept of God is quite a bit beyond our brains’ comprehension, but the concept of God becoming a man and living in human flesh – too much! But it did happen and the apostle John starts his gospel with this truth, while today’s Christmas carol summarizes it in two sentences!

Incarnate Deity – God in the flesh – our pastor recently shared how most of us know that Chili con carne is chili with meat; hence, incarnate deity is God (deity) with flesh (in carne)! Then the carol continues with Jesus being pleased to become a man and live among humanity as Emmanuel, God with us! Pleased to become a lowly man – Wow!

So much Christian doctrine is in that short chorus! Important? YES! A mere human could not have atoned for the rest of humanity. Only God could do that, and God did! All sins; past, present, and future, are forgiven for ALL of humanity. A feat only God could accomplish!

Thankful this Christmas? Then sing ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ in praise to Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Suggested prayer:  Jesus, You came to earth willingly and lived as a man. Thank You for all You went through when You were on earth . . .

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