“…Shane Johnson has provided us with two meditations for each day of December, predominantly with a focus on the Incarnation – God becoming a man, in real though sinless human flesh – to help us not only understand the plan of God, but to motivate us to worship and serve Him. The last few days in the book shift the focus away from the ‘Christmas’ theme, as Shane points to a new year of putting this renewal of adoration into practice, by first addressing what we really believe.” – From the Introduction by Peter Bolton
From the back:
The manger contained the cross just as the acorn contains the oak. It was just a matter of time. When the Lord gave His Son by birth, it was in order to give His Son in death. The crucifixion was the incarnation brought to maturity. Conversely, the incarnation was the preparation for the crucifixion. It took 33 years to grow that mighty tree and only six hours to fell it. Three days later the “tree” had sprouted again and spread out all its branches to fill and bless the earth.
See the One whom the heavens cannot contain, pocketed in a manger stall! See the One, the train of whose robe fills the temple, wrapped in swaddling rags! See the One who dwells between the cherubim of glory, dying between two despicable thieves! Let us bow down and marvel, for this is our God.
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