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The Apostle Paul’s Account of Christmas

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Phil. 2:5-11

Lord Jesus, in Paul’s account of your birth, there’s no harking angels, trembling shepherds, or awe-filled parents. There’s “just” you—in the humility of your incarnation, the beauty of your servanthood, and the magnificence of the Gospel.

Oh holy and glorious mystery: Though you never ceased being God, you truly became man—the God-man, the fulfiller of every God-promise (2 Cor. 1:21); the King of the cosmos cradled in a stable.

Prophets pondered the “when” of your coming. Angels swelled with joy as they considered the “what” of your birth (1 Pet. 1:12). But we are the beneficiaries of the fact you came, and are coming again. Dying as our Substitute, raised as our Justifier, ascended as our Mediator, reigning as our King, coming as our Bridegroom… of all people, we are most blessed.

What do we want Christmas 2020? Renew and refuel our worship of you, Lord Jesus, and increase our servant-love for one another. So very Amen we pray, in your wonderful and merciful name.

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