During the Christmas season we spend a lot of time reflecting on the birth of Jesus. However, this Christmas season I’ve been thinking a lot about His majesty. I make a distinction between the two because essentially His birth as a human was an emptying of His majesty. I make a distinction because I fear that in focusing on the birth we sometimes forget about His majesty. You see, what makes His birth the most magnificent is the fact that He temporarily forfeited His majesty. Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men – Philippians 2:6-7. In other words, we have to see the humility and the majesty simultaneously to fully appreciate the former. Below are a few verses that have initiated my thoughts on this subject. I now offer them to you for your own reflection this Christmas. I would also encourage you to share the verses that have affected you most this Christmas season. (As iron sharpens iron… right :-)) Merry Christmas!
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. – Luke 1:30-33 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5 (ESV)
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. – Revelation 1:12-16 (ESV)