“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last'” (Revelation 1:17).
As we recently celebrated Christmas we Christians may have thought a bit more about the babe in the manger, our Wonderful Savior who came to this earth to free us from sin. But do we really have a grasp on how awesome and mighty He really is?
Virtually all the major religions of the world acknowledge Jesus as an important figure. In the Baha’i faith, Jesus is considered to be one of the manifestations of God. In Islam, Jesus is considered one of the highest-ranked prophets. Many Hindus regard Christ as a god-man. The Dalai Lama (Buddhist) believes that Jesus had lived previous lives and had reached a high state. But none of these religions regard Jesus as who He really is, God in the flesh.
One of Satan’s objectives is to reduce Jesus’ status to the level of a mere man. He tries to convince the world that although He was a good person, even perhaps a great man, He was not God himself.
Even some professed Christians minimize Jesus’ godhead by making Him their buddy, or simply someone to pattern their lives after.
On the island of Patmos, the glorified Christ was revealed to John. He had served with Christ and had known Him personally, but even in all that time of closeness with Him, John wasn’t ready for the vision of Jesus in all His glory. As we see from the verse, when John saw Him, he fell at His feet as though dead!
Our Lord, our Savior, that baby in the manger, is exceedingly more than a mere man. He came to us in the form of a man, but He is more awesome and wonderful than we can possibly conceive in our limited imaginations. In this new year let us ponder the greatness of our Lord.
Prayer: Dear God, open my eyes this new year to how marvelous and wonderful You are, as much as is possible with my limited understanding. Jesus, You are more awesome than human words can express. Thank You for being willing to temporarily take the form of a man so that I could be with You for eternity. Amen.
About the author:
Julie Buckley was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease in 1995 (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyositis) along with fibromyalgia. She lives in the midwest with her husband and has a grown son. She also has a blog site called “Healthy Souls,” which encourages Christians to grow stronger through their physical weakness, http://jabuckle.wordpress.com .
When you envision Christ this Christmas, what picture comes to mind?
This song is called “Joseph’s Lullaby.” I had a Pandora Christmas station playing and as I was putting my creche/nativity decorations up, this song came on. As I pulled out baby Jesus and sat Him in the pile of hay I shed a few tears imagining the sacrifice that Joseph and Mary made for their son, and to God, by obeying His commands. To know the weight of the world–literally–would be on your child . . . I can’t imagine. We tend to put Jesus’ birthday in the box of December, but let us read the scriptures of those precious days all year round. So, even though this song is officially a “Christmas song” take a moment to listen anyway. It just may bless you! -Lisa