December 26, 2017
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 26 December 2017
The good news of Christmas is that God made a plan which would allow his Son to become fully man, yet still be free from both the sin nature of humanity and the sinful actions and thoughts which all members of Adam’s family possess and perform. Adam passed his sin to all his progeny, through his seed; therefore, God would have his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be born of the “seed of the woman,” which means Jesus would not have a mere man to be his father. Mary became the mother of Jesus prior to consummating her marriage to Joseph. By a miraculous work, the Holy Spirit, caused the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary without the normal procreative sexual act of a man and woman.
Consequently, Jesus became a true man — but without sin — while always being true God. He would be able to accomplish the plan of redemption. He would be able to experience manhood completely while accomplishing his work of redemption. Jesus was very much a newborn baby who would mature as a true man. He is the Promised One who would “bruise the head” of Satan and destroy his influence upon the earth at his second coming. He is the Anointed One who has been identified as the most unique person in the history of the world.
He is the prophesied Lamb of God who was born to die on the cross at Calvary, as a sinless substitute for depraved mankind, and thereby pay the price and remove the consequences of sin. He is the death-conquering Savior who rose literally from the dead and conquered sin and death once for all time, so that those who have been redeemed may be free from the slavery that sin and death maintain in this world. He is the Prince of Peace who will bring internal peace to those He has saved, and external peace when He returns a second time.
He is God the Son who loved the world so much that He would lay aside the eternal glory and majesty that attended Him in heaven, to become a man, a servant, who would give his life to death, in obedience to his Father’s will, so that those who believe in Him would receive his life for eternity. He is the Child born to die. Those three words, “born to die,” state simply and clearly that the Lord Jesus Christ laid aside his glory, majesty, and rights as God Almighty and took upon Himself the nature of a man.
Philippians 2:6-11 not only testifies as to the reason He came, but even more so the attitude that was his during his humiliation. The Son of God became the Servant of God when He became the Son of Man. Fully God in his nature, He took to Himself the full nature of humanity. Being fully God and fully man, He would be able to provide reconciliation in a manner that would satisfy the holy justice of God the Creator, and make provision for those who are in rebellion against God. Second Corinthians 5:19 reads, Jesus Christ “was reconciling [restoring to fellowship or friendship] the world unto Himself [in Christ, by means of Jesus’ death and resurrection], not counting their trespasses [missing the standard of God’s perfection to spend eternity with Him] again them” [that is you and me who live by faith in God’s dear Son]. The Child of Christmas became a man, who gave his life so by grace through faith alone in his atoning work, we may live with Him in the fullness of his glory for eternity.
Your Missionary to Georgia's Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.