The Son of God, the Lord of lords and King of kings, sits on heaven’s throne and looks down at the world below that He created thousands of years prior. The people so far below Him are “busy” going about and disregarding the law He put into place for them to follow so they can do what is right in their own eyes, and this has been the cause of their struggles and strife. Clothed in splendor and majesty and surrounded by the heavenly hosts who sing His praises eternally, His eyes are to the earth as He watches the few who earnestly seek Him. And then there is a voice in heaven like roaring thunder and rushing waters, so strong and mighty the very heavens are shaken, that says, “It is time.” The King of the universe and Son of God descends from His throne and goes to the earth as the angels rejoice and shout His praises yet again in highest jubilation. The King has abandoned heaven’s throne to begin His work for the redemption of the world.
Read Luke 2:4-7
Jesus Christ steps into the world He created to reconcile us to God. People tend to think Christmas is about a baby in a manger. Parents tell their children about “Little Lord Jesus” asleep on the hay. But this is only half the story.
Read Isaiah 9:1-7 and 42:1-4
The Pharisees wait and look for the Messiah, God’s Chosen One, to appear. The mighty warrior of God coming to save them will come out of Bethlehem and be of the Line of David. He will deliver God’s children from their oppressors. But this is only half the story.
Well, then what is the whole story? The Prince of heaven, wrapped in splendor and majesty, left heaven to be born in a sinful world and wrapped in old cloths. Jesus, You are the Lord and King of all. You are holy, holy, holy, and so high above us. You are worthy of so much, and we are unworthy of any good You could give us. We turned our backs on You, disobeyed You, ran from You, sinned against You, broke Your heart, turned to evil, and reduced this world to its dark state. We have broken every one of Your statutes and laws. You are the only One righteous and true and faithful and just. You are the King of the universe.
And You took on flesh and became human. You came into this world where there is cuss words, murders, robberies, lies, sickness, death, evil, pride, disobedience, immorality, witchcraft, leprosy, hate, orphans, injustice, child abuse, and violence. You left your perfect home and came into our sinful world. You are perfect, and You came to save imperfect people. You shouldered our vulnerability, weakness, pain, and strife. You came humbly to save the people who wanted to be their own god. You came to us.
And You came to teach us, heal us, serve us, die for us, rise again for us, save us from ourselves and give us eternity with You. The whole story of Christmas is the whole story of Jesus. The Son of God came humbly, quietly, and lovingly. The King of glory came to the world as a baby born in a stable. The Son of God came out of little Bethlehem. The Prince of Peace came from rough Galilee. The Lord of lords was a lowly Nazarene. The Chosen One taught sinners. The King of kings healed the sick, injured, and unclean. The Righteous Judge hung on a cross for the world’s forgiveness. The Holy One lay dead in a grave for three days. And the Christ rose from the dead. God so loved the world, this much. Christmas is less about celebrating that Jesus was born and more about celebrating that Jesus came!
Lord how could we ever thank You enough for all You’ve done for us! Thank You for coming to this earth 2,016 years ago. We are eternally grateful for all You have done for us, so we can be saved. Help us be thankful this Christmas, and every day, for Your great grace and mercy to us. Help us never take our salvation for granted, and help us praise and glorify You! In Lord Jesus’ Name I pray, amen! Hallelujah!
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