THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
An elephant was bathing in the lake, splashing water and having a good time.
A mouse approached and sat on the bank.
He looked disturbed.
The elephant asked, "What's the matter?"
The mouse said angrily, "Come out of the water at once!"
The elephant asked, "Why?"
The mouse in his squeaky voice, yelled, "COME OUT AT ONCE!"
The elephant realized if he were to get any peace, he would have to come out.
So he lumbered up on the bank.
Then he asked, "Why did you disturb my bathing, and get me to come out?"
The mouse said, "Well, somebody stole my bathing suit, and I wanted to see if it were you!"
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
It is easier to understand how an elephant could wear a mouse's bathing suit than for us to understand the awesome mystery of the incarnation.
He was Messiah, the Christ, the "Anointed One," God Himself arrayed in the form of a baby!
Micah had prophesied:
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
Isaiah had prophesied:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
Isaiah had also quoted God as saying,
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour." (Isaiah 43:11)
God became flesh.
He wore our suit.
Eternity inhabited temporal flesh.
Holy majesty was exemplified in an innocent child.
The King of kings born son of woman.
The Creator came as part of the created.
Omnipotent omniscience was laid in a manger.
The true "LIGHT" of life was wrapped in swaddling clothes.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
God incarnate, and none of us can understand!
May His "Light" bring REAL LIFE to our souls!