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Look at the Book: Six Aspects of the Glorious Gospel - Colossians 1:3–8, Part 6

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

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Six Aspects of the Glorious Gospel

Into the Darkness He Came

"Into the world, on a nondescript night, in a small town grown weary with oppression and centuries of unfulfilled prophetic expectation, in an obscure shelter no one would have thought to look for him, in the care of poor, nonresident parents, came God the Son.

It was his incarnation, but not his origin. He had preexisted his conception. He preexisted the entire world (John 17:5). Everything in existence, visible and invisible, had been made through him and for him (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16), including,

  • His own human DNA that instructed each cell to perform its duty in forming a body and brain,

  • His mother’s blood and amniotic fluid wadding his fine, dark hair,

  • The startle reflex that would wake him crying,

  • The cotton spun into the swaddling cloths binding his infant arms and legs to subdue that startle reflex,

  • The trees that provided the manger’s wood now supporting him,

  • The bone-tired, very sore, sleeping young mother next to him who had just given him birth,

  • The exhausted, attentive, awed young man he would learn to call “Father,” now stoking the fire,

  • The mystified shepherds making their way from the fields,

  • The herald angels who rang the Bethlehem sky with good news of great joy,

  • And the strange star drawing strange Persian astrologers to adore him.

As he lay there, looking very much like any other Jewish baby born that night, he was “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). As his truly human nature slept like a baby, his truly divine nature was holding all things in existence together (Colossians 1:17).." from the article: Into Darkness He Came

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