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Foundations For Our Future #47

Foundations for Our Future (47)

by: The Reverened Dr. Jon Shuler

All that transpired around the birth of our Lord Jesus, during the twelve days of Christmas, unfolds the beauty and majesty of the gospel. Today, the second day, let us pause at the actual details of the birth. Again we will hear the words of Luke. Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

Theologians debate whether the Incarnation or the Resurrection is the preeminent doctrine of the Christian Faith. I think the truth is they are inseparable.. Our Lord’s life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection are all of a piece. None of it can be ignored without serious damage to the truth that God has revealed to us. Still, that the Son of God the almighty Father took upon himself human flesh, became a man like other men, to live a life of sinless obedience, and take upon himself the sins of the whole world, has an emotional centrality in my heart. But it begins in a stable.

This birth was accompanied by pain and suffering, just like our own. This moment of new life was witnessed in quiet solitude by just two people. Mary and Joseph alone before the hosts of heaven. There was no room anywhere else, but in their marriage. And the birth cry of this child brought them joy. A Savior was born, God had told them, and only they knew.