22 December 2009

The Coming Christ - mas

I have thought that I should write something profound since Christmas is approaching, but, my thoughts have been too jumbled amidst the preparations for my family. I have three married children and their spouses who are travelling across different parts of the country to be here. I, as usual, am not sure what to give the people I love. I want the gifts to "mean something". And right along with the "Christmasing" are the routine things of appointments and school that must be attended to.

 I used to be more organized. Really, I did. But these days thoughts of what needs done rush right out of my head at almost the same instant that I think them. So there is nothing new that I could say about Christmas that you don't already know.

God the Father promised the coming of Messiah, way back in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15

It is obvious from Scripture that Eve understood, because she hoped the promise was fulfilled with Cain and then seemed sure of it with the birth of Seth. But we, if we have ever heard the Christmas Story, know that Messiah did not come until the time when Rome ruled the known world. And that God flawlessly fulfilled every single prophecy regarding Him including the young virgin mother and the very difficult mandate to travel to the place of their ancestors and pay taxes. Jesus was born in a tiny town of no great significance that was filled with people who had to be there to give their money to Caesar.

It was important for us that every single detail be carefully tended to. Important, because we do not always believe God. He did not have to give us all the prophecies pertaining to the birth of Christ, but He wanted us to know that He is able to fulfill every single one. If even one thing was missed or forgotten, then God would not be God. And there was more than Jesus just getting here at "just the right time". He had come to break the curse.  You know......the curse that happened in the Garden.

When Man broke fellowship with God.

 When Man chose Death over Life. 

 The God-Man came to break the Curse of Death and bring Life back to mankind.

"[Christ Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Philippians 2:6-11 NIV

Jesus came to die.

For You.  For me.

To take the punishment for our Sin.

 So that we would no longer be enemies with God, but could become the children of God.

We celebrate His coming as the God-Man. We celebrate His suffering for us on the cross.  We celebrate His victory over Death when God raised Him on the third day. We celebrate the Assurance that He is coming again to take us with Him to be with Him forever.

Christmas is not just the adoration of a baby in a manger.

It is amazement that the God of the Universe would have such Love that He would become one of us...

...in order to die for us.....

... in order to have us with Him.

Just the thought that He would want us......that He created us......that He chose us......just because He wanted to...astounds me.

His preparations for His Child (Jesus) ....for His children (You and I who belong to Him)......are flawless.

Mine, for my children, are frenzied and imperfect and not always coated in absolute love and grace. They are often harried and impatient and lacking and unfocused.

The Father's focus was absolute......On Christ.......for us.

Our focus must be .....though, often redirected........On Christ......for Him.

I wish for you, this Christmas, grace and peace from the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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