At this time of year our thoughts are naturally focused on Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as a baby. The wonderful news that the long anticipated work of mankind’s redemption was begun. Regardless of whether we feel this is the correct time of year or not it is always appropriate to remember our Lords coming. To encourage ourselves that the purpose of His coming was to save us from our sins and bring us to God; and to be vigilant that someday soon He is coming again! When we see the baby let us like the wise men and the shepherds worship as we see Him for who He was, Emmanuel; God with us! Let this short yet insightful poem by the late Pastor Willie Mullan help guide our thoughts as to the purpose of the incarnation that we celebrate, his verse sheds light on the question; who was this baby born in Bethlehem? And why did He come? We can never hope to understand the great work of Christ until we in some measure understand the great person of Christ.

God manifest in flesh, oh wonder to behold!

Creative power within the breast that felt the blast of cold.

God in our likeness made, oh may we understand

The One who made the wondering worlds appear as lowly man!

He stood within the realm He fashioned with a thought;

His creatures gazed upon Him; alas they knew Him not,

They cried out for His blood, His claims cast down as dross,

They spat upon His princely face, then nailed Him to a cross.

BUT He made the tree for that cross of wood,

He made the hill on which it stood,

And in some hidden vein of land

He made the steel that pierced each hand;

He made the sun which hid its face;

He made the fathers of that race

Who, in their hatred knew Him not.

He made the fiends with which He fought,

And there, in death, He made a way

Back to Himself