Passage: Matthew 1:18-25 — The Birth of Jesus Christ
Key Verse: Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Before he was president, in a primary debate in Iowa, George W. Bush was asked who his favorite philosopher was. His answer was Jesus Christ because he’s the only philosopher who can change lives. Although Bush was excoriated by the secular press for being an evangelical, his answer was typical as to how the world views Christ — they view him as a great philosopher, teacher, religious leader, not substantially different than Plato, Thereau, or Ghandi. But, as we see with today’s key verse, that is not the biblical witness. The biblical witness is that Christ is God in the flesh, and this is one of the conspicuous differences between people who self-identify as Christians. The believer confesses the deity of Christ, while the make-believer does not. To the world, Jesus Christ is a great, if not delusional, man to be admired, but to the Christian Christ the God of universe, who is worthy of our worship and praise. Or, in the words of the Disciple Thomas, “My Lord and my God.”
Prayer: Lord, let me acknowledge you for who you truly are — not just in my words but also in my deeds.