‘…that is why I was sent.’ Luke 4:43 NIV
The story’s told of a mother putting away the nativity set after Christmas when she noticed the Baby Jesus was missing. She asked her four-year-old if he knew where Jesus was. He replied, ‘Yes, but He doesn’t want me to tell anybody.’ ‘Why not?’ she asked. ‘Because He doesn’t want you to put Him away with the decorations,’ he said. Wisdom from the lips of a child! When you know why Jesus came, you’ll celebrate Christmas every day. He said: (1) ‘…I came to…fulfill [the law].’ (Matthew 5:17 NKJV) The songwriter wrote: ‘The maker of the universe, as man for man, was made a curse. The claims of law that He had made, unto the uttermost, He paid.’ Total coverage! Your sins of omission, commission and disposition, were all paid for at Calvary. (2) ‘…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…’ (Matthew 20:28 NKJV): Jesus was responding to a mother’s request: ‘Grant…these two sons of mine may sit [on thrones] at Your right and…Your left in Your Kingdom.’ (Matthew 20:21 NIV) He said, ‘It’s about serving, not striving!’ (3) ‘…I must preach…the Kingdom of God…’ (Luke 4:43 NIV) Each time we obey God’s will instead of our own, we ‘preach’ to others what it’s like to live as a citizen of His Kingdom. (4) ‘…the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.’ (Luke 19:10 NIV) Imagine meeting someone you worked with or lived with, saying to you in Heaven, ‘How come you never told me?’ Keep these four things in mind and you’ll celebrate Christmas every day of the year!
SoulFood: 1 Cor 7-9, Matt 2:1-8, Ps 97, Pr 31:22-24