Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Christmas Story

In celebration of Christmas, I would like to share the Christmas story with you. One of the earliest records we have of the Christmas story comes from a man named Paul. He wrote it as a hymn, which was likely sung by the earliest Christians. Here it is in its entirety:
Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)
Praise God, that he would become one of us and die in a way that none of us could conceive! He did this not because we deserved it, but to save us all. Therefore, it is only fitting that we live out the last stanza, bowing our knees to our risen Lord!

Merry Christmas!

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