Published December 24, 2013

Paul's Epistle...
"Hope Has Hands"

Each Christmas, we find ourselves once again pondering the age-old question, "How could God Himself come to be born in human form?"

The mystery of the incarnation has exceeded the comprehension of even the greatest of scholars and philosophers of the ages. But then, God can do anything. So, why not? Clearly, this is what Scripture tells us happened. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." (John 1:14a). He came as "Immanuel," meaning "God with us" (Matt. 1:23).

The bigger question becomes – why would He do such a thing? Why? Why would the Creator of the universe choose to be born as a human – and make it happen?

He did it because of His great love for you – individually. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). You're part of that "whosoever."

But, because we as Christians are still here, Christ also provides many benefits in this life. "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Among these benefits of a more abundant life in Christ are hope, freedom, truth, love – and the whole list of the gifts of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23).

One of the most touching and meaningful songs to come along in some time is entitled "Hope Has Hands." It describes in very personal terms exactly what Christ brought to the world – and what He offers to us all. Phil Cross, who wrote it, told me he did it from the perspective of the wise men, at least one of whom, he supposes, would have been a grandfather.

In search of a child they traveled so far
Led by a star to a place of joy
Now the wise men tell a beautiful story
Describing the glory of a baby boy.

(Chorus)
Hope has hands, freedom has feet
Truth will stand, the Word will speak
The holy and lowly will finally embrace
For love has a heartbeat, and grace has a face.

Compassion has a tear, joy has a laughter
And here ever after peace has a smile
Redemption's blood has veins to flow in
A temple to glow in, Light is a child.

(Repeat Chorus)
Hope has hands, freedom has feet
Truth will stand, the Word will speak
The holy and lowly will finally embrace
For love has a heartbeat, and grace has a face.*

And aren't you glad?

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas as you ponder this great truth — that with the coming of Christ, who was the "express image" of God (Heb. 1:3) and was "full of grace and truth" (John 1:14), grace truly does have a face.

- Paul

*"Grace Has A Face," by Phil Cross, Bridge Building Music, Cameron Hill Music BMI. Lyrics used by permission of the writer.

Comments on this? paul@thegospelgreats.com

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