Holiday Thoughts 2

Exodus 20: 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol…7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

Psalm 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

There are many texts in the New Testament that teach us the proper worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, though they may not be thought of in that way. The first passage that we will deal with is that of John 12 (the text just below). Our usual thought is to think of Isaiah 6 as speaking of the Father or of God in a general way. However, what John teaches us is something a lot different. Read Isaiah 6 and then the passage below and imagine speaking to the God of Isaiah 6 as most people speak of the baby Jesus and ask yourself if that is treating His holy name reverently.

John 12:37 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?” 39 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.” 41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Jesus performed many signs before the Israelites. However, they did not believe in Him which is to say that they did not believe that He was God in human flesh and He was not the Messiah. The failure of the Israelites to believe who this Jesus truly was seems unimaginable in some ways, but the following verses show us how this could be. When the Israelites did not respond to the words of Isaiah, it was clear that people did not believe because God had not revealed Himself to them. However, and to go even deeper, verses 39-40 tells us that God blinded them and hardened their eyes so that they could not see and could not perceive. Who was Isaiah speaking of? He was speaking of Christ and we can see this in verse 41. The text says that Isaiah said those things because he say His glory and spoke of Him. He is speaking of Christ.

In Matthew 13 Jesus was asked why He spoke in parables. He basically said that He spoke in parables to keep people from seeing and to harden their hearts. He also said that the prophecy of Isaiah (same as John 12) was being fulfilled on them. This is a hard teaching and yet it is a biblical teaching. Jesus did not just come to provide a way of salvation; He also came to bring judgment and to harden. When one thinks of the biblical Christ and what it takes to truly see and believe in who He truly is, it takes the Divine hand to open eyes and illuminate the understanding. However, we should not think that the hardening work of God is finished in regards to His Son.

The Lord Jesus Christ is holy, holy, holy and the whole earth is full of His glory. The Lord Jesus Christ was the One that all things were created through and all things created for. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. The Lord Jesus Christ is very God of very God. When the Lord Jesus Christ took human flesh and in that was the very tabernacle or dwelling place of the glory of God on earth that was nothing less than the glory of God veiled and hidden in human flesh. What is it that people do every year during the time of December 25th and days surrounding that? They appear to try to honor the baby Jesus rather than God in human flesh.

We never read of the birth of Christ once we get into the epistles and we never read of the New Testament Church having a day of worship regarding this. Why is that? Perhaps it was because we are commanded preach Christ and Him crucified and to preach the resurrection. Perhaps it is because people can get overly sentimental about baby Jesus and not realize that to worship the human nature of Christ is idolatry. Perhaps it is so easy for human beings to think that they love Jesus when what they love is a harmless baby. If we are going to worship Christ in spirit and truth, we must worship Him as Divine. When was the last time we saw true reverence and awe for baby Jesus around December 25th in our day? I never have.

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