No Eye Has Seen...

Da 2:1-2,10 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed... The astrologers answered the king, "There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.

Ge 41:7b-8 Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no-one could interpret them for him.

1Co 9b-10a "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" -- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

God's purposes and plans are not revealed by wise men or diviners, they are not "in the stars". God has a great plan for this world, and for you. You cannot find it out by reading books of philosophy or consulting your horoscope. The only way to discover God's plan for your life is to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Christmas is a wonderful time, but it is also about a mystery - God become man. As the carol goes: "Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity." There is much more to the classic stable nativity scene than meets the eye. It is the inception of God's ultimate and greatest mystery - The Gospel. Good news to all men, and peace on Earth. The revelation of this mystery will not come as you sing carols, or eat mince pies or open presents, but if you allow the Holy Spirit to stir your heart this Christmas, like Joseph and Daniel, you may gain revelation into a wonderful mystery - Jesus Christ was and is Almighty God.

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chris. Thinking about all the trappings and layers that have hidden the reality of Christmas only heightens your point that without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, this time of year is just an excuse for self indulgence. But it is in fact a reminder of the greatest moment in human history - God became one of us that we might become like him!