“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Unto us a son is given

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6).

What a gift! Of all the Father’s gifts, His Son! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn .3:16).

What a childlike spirit Jesus came with from the Father! No guile in His mouth, just like His Father. Pure honesty. Pure love. Self-forgetful, self-abnegating, self-sacrificing love; all perfectly like His Father. Always ready to uplift others, to bear their burdens, to bow down if only to raise up all those around Him. He was the foundation of hope and strength.

“I am the true Vine.” (Jn. 15:1). He was their strength, not as a mighty oak, but as a spindly, helpless grape vine. Never showing off His own power, He reveals His true helpless frame of mind in the vine. He could bear up the whole government only because of His infinite need and connection with His Father. Their unity was infinitely inseparable. He was nailed to His Father, stuck permanently as if the fibers of His soul were woven with the fibers of His Father’s.

“I and My Father are one.” (Jn. 10:30). From eternity, the Father and Son have been one homogenous whole, as it were. “That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one:
I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” (Jn. 17:21-23).

Unity, peace, perfect submission and obedience, perfect surrender and rest. Nothing can be better. As a vessel of the Holy Spirit without measure, His only desire was to share that blessed experience. The psalm of His soul to His Father was:

Other refuge have I none, hangs My helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave Me not alone, still support and comfort Me.
All My trust on Thee is stayed, all My help from Thee I bring;
Cover My defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

What is the vine powerlessly held up by? A wall, a hard, enduring, stone wall. The Father? Yes, the Ancient of Days, strong as granite, hard as flint! “The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” (Ps. 24:8).

The Son, so unspeakably yielded and bound in His love for His Abba. His ardent heart sewn into His Father’s open bosom, His arms impaled to the outstretched arms of His Father, Both were calling to a world lost in self-love, Come unto Me. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Is. 45:22).

Unto us a Child is born.


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