“God Was Manifest In The Flesh”
“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.”
The mystery, power, and glory of the gospel is that, “God was manifest in the flesh” (John 1:14). All the divine attributes are displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ – Emmanuel – GOD WITH US! Take Christ from the gospel and you have no gospel. Take Jesus Christ and Him divine, incarnate, crucified, risen, and enthroned out of your preaching and you have no message and no ministry.
Whatever else you major on or whatever good work you accomplish, it is all wood, hay, and stubble if the Lord Jesus is not your central theme. If He be lifted up, He will draw men unto Him; and He MUST be lifted up or else the preaching is like the rattling of dry bones.
Henry Mahan – 1986