The Mystery of Godliness
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14
A mystery is something that is a secret or unknown. A mystery in the Bible is a truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation. Paul referred to the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ as the mystery of godliness. This mystery is explained for us in John 1:14: "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
We see the miraculous entry.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word Who was made flesh. Jesus entered this world through the miracle of a virgin birth. The conception of a child must involve a human father and human mother. By the power of God and the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, Mary conceived in her womb the Lord Jesus. He entered this sin-cursed world of ours in human flesh, yet never leaving any of His deity as God. He was 100% God at all times, but He was also 100% man, yet without sin. The miracle of the virgin birth was necessary so that Jesus could be born with a sinless nature. When it was time for Mary to give birth, God was manifest in the flesh. Jesus was Immanuel, God with us. It was a miraculous entry.
We see the majestic essence.
John said, “We beheld his glory… full of grace and truth.” As God, Jesus was completely holy as He lived among men. His glory and holiness is explained as being grace and truth. Truth is absolute. Truth is God’s righteousness declaring all men as sinners. Truth exposes that which is evil, sinful, and wicked. Truth demands justice. The justice of God says that the sin must be paid for: "the wages of sin is death." Grace, on the other hand, is love that we do not deserve and that cannot be explained. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Even though truth demands justice, grace gives us mercy and salvation. His majestic essence pointed men to the free gift of eternal life that He offers.
We see the meaningful existence.
Jesus dwelt among us. God walked, worked, and lived among man. In His humanity, He ate, slept, became weary, and experienced sorrow and the agony of extreme pain. He "tabernacled" among us. He was God’s love Who came down to man. Religion is man trying to reach out to God. Christianity is God Who came down to man. As our Creator, He came to this world and fellowshipped with us. Children were attracted to Him. People with needs came to Him and were not turned away. He had time for everyone who came to Him. He was God’s love caring for people in a way that only God can.
We see His messianic expiation.
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." When Joseph was told that His name would be Jesus, it was explained that “he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. He gave His life voluntarily so that our sin debt could be paid for in full. Our sin was imputed to Him. Salvation is available to whosoever calls on the name of the Lord. The plan of redemption required Christ, Who is God, coming into His world with a sinless life for the one purpose of tasting death for every man. He is God’s perfect gift. Rejoice this morning that Christmas is about Jesus coming to take away your sin.
Have a worshipful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Hebrews 11-13