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Christmas is Always About Jesus

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By Assisstant Superindentent Monty Sears
December 1, 2018
 
Recently I checked off an item on my bucket list; to worship at Oak Hills Church where Pastor Max Lucado is the teaching pastor. His preaching is every bit as good as his writing. I was told that now that I have met him, his books will take on a new meaning for me. 

I thought I’d share a few excerpts from his book, “God Came Near”.  I’m sure his words will bless you in this wonderful Christmas Season.

John 1:1, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt amount us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Arrival...God had entered the world as a baby.

Wide-awake is Mary, my how young she looks. The pain has been eclipsed by wonder. 

She looks into the face of the Baby. Her Son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point in history, the human being who best understands who God is and what He is doing is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. She can’t take her eyes off Him. Somehow Mary knows she is holding God. So this is He. She remembers the words of the angel, “His kingdom will never end.” 

Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness sleeping in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, though the womb of a teenager, in the presence of a carpenter. This baby had overlooked the universe. These rags keeping Him warm were the robes of eternity. His golden throne room has been abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen. And worshipping angels had been replaced with kind but bewildered shepherds. 

Meanwhile, the city hums. The merchants are unaware that God has visited their planet. The innkeeper would never believe that he has just sent God into the cold. And the people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village. They were all too busy to consider the possibility. Those who missed His Majesty’s arrival that night missed it no because of evil acts or malice; no, they missed it because they simply weren’t looking. Little has changed in two thousand years, has it? 

Questions for Mary...

•    When He saw a rainbow, did He very mention a flood?

•    Did you ever feel awkward teaching Him how He created the world?

•    When He saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did He act differently?

•    Did you every count the stars with Him, and succeed?

•    What was it like watching Him pray?

•    Did it ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?

•    Did you ever accidentally call Him Father God?

•    Did He have any friends by the name of Judas?

•    Did you every think, that’s God eating my soup?

May these excerpts bring you cheer, direction, and warmth.

And dear ones, may we always remember and pass down to our children, and our children’s children the truth that Christmas is always all about Jesus. He is ever bridging the gap, spanning the chasm, and forever is a Holy God drawing near to an unholy people. 

When we couldn’t come unto Him, He came unto us. That my friend is the message of Christmas!

Kelli and I wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas ever and a Happy New Year