Holiday Thoughts 3

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;

The time of Jesus on earth was the time the second Person of the Trinity took human flesh and walked on this planet. To some He manifested the glory of the Father and to some He blinded them to who He really was. One of the basic points that this little series is trying to do is to show that baby Jesus is not an accurate picture of the true God. There are teachings, yes, but we are not to make final deductions from the narrative sections about the birth of Christ regarding the Father, but instead we are to behold Jesus in His words and works. Yes, His humility and condescension are seen. Yes, we can behold sovereignty at this point as well. But we are not to worship baby Jesus as such, we are to worship the living God as revealed by Christ and we are to worship with reverence and awe.

John 14:5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. 7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘? 10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

Once again the passage from John 14 is so instructive. Jesus Himself is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus Himself is the only way to the Father. It is Jesus Himself that if the disciples would have known Him they would have known the Father. It was in the adult Jesus that Jesus said that to know Him (Jesus) was to know the Father. It was the adult Jesus that spoke to Philip who wanted Jesus to show them the Father. The words of Jesus to Philip were this: “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” This is simply a stunning passage of Scripture.

The ministry of Jesus was three years or less, so this was the time He was speaking of to Philip. He was not speaking of His birth and early years. One could make a sharp distinction between the time before Jesus was baptized with the Spirit without measure and the time after. This was the time He began His ministry. It is the adult Jesus that it is said that the Father was with the disciples when Jesus was with them. It was the adult Jesus that the glory of God shown through in His ministry. Nothing like this was ever said about the baby Jesus.

What we must see, however, is that the humanity of Jesus was nothing apart from the Divine. In the adult Jesus as He went about teaching, living, and doing miracles that the Father was seen. Regarding the baby Jesus, in and of Himself, we have no command to worship and we are never told that the Father did His works in and through Him. If we are to worship Christ in truth as the Truth, we are not to worship Him as baby Jesus. If we are to worship Christ as the Way, we must worship Him as Divine. If we are to worship Christ as the life, we are to worship Him as eternal life in human flesh, that is, the Divine life. The practices surrounding baby Jesus in our day are far, far from the truth of who He really was, though they are not far from the practices of Rome and Mary.

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