Tidings of Great Joy
Only as we associate the Babe of Bethlehem with the
Logos by and through whom all things were made, do we get our mental focus
respecting Jesus. His life was not from Adam, through Joseph--a forfeited
life. It was a transferred life. The Logos, who was rich in spirit
privileges, glory and honor, "for our sakes became poor [The Man
Christ Jesus] that we by His poverty might become rich"-- that
mankind might be redeemed from the curse--the Death Sentence and all it
includes of sorrow, pain and alienation from God. "A body hast Thou
prepared Me for the suffering of death!" The death of a spotless One
was necessary as a Ransom-price for Adam and his race.--1 Timothy 2:6.
No wonder the angels rejoiced to announce to the
shepherds the Logos made flesh--the Babe of Bethlehem. "Fear not!
Behold, we bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all
people!" Few have analyzed the Message, few have seen how
comprehensive its scope. It is for Jews and Gentiles--sinners
all--"all people." Only a few have yet had opportunity to get
this great joy; but the Redeemer promises that He will yet be the True
Light to lighten every man that cometh into the world.--John 1:9.
"For unto you [mankind] is born this day in the
City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Ah! the meaning of
that word Savior! It means Life-giver! The right to live had been
lost--all are dying. The Life-giver came to provide life everlasting for
the dying race. Thank God for a Life-giver, a Great One, able to save unto
the uttermost!--Hebrews 7:25.
The "Peace on Earth, good-will to men"
prophecy has not yet been fulfilled, but it is nearing. The birth of the
Babe was one step toward it; the death on the cross was another; the
glorious resurrection and ascension of the Logos again to the Spirit plane
were other steps. The selection of the Church as Messiah's Bride is
another, nearly completed. The Messianic Kingdom will complete the blessed
Adoration of the Shepherds