Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This Will Be A Sign

This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

Throughout this month, churches will be studying about the coming of Christ. We will spend time talking about how He came, when He came, and the purpose of His coming. There will be Christmas cantatas, plays, Hallmark movies, TV specials, candlelight services, and Nativity scenes.

When you look at a Nativity, one of the questions has to be why Jesus was born in a manger. Why was the Son of God was born in a lowly stable... why the Almighty and Wonderful Counselor slept with animals instead of royalty?

I am sure this is what most people at the time of Christ's birth asked. Here they were expecting a powerful king, one who would rule over all kings as an earthly king does. One who would be triumphant and overthrow their current government with brute force, and lead them away from their oppressors in a joyous march.

Instead, they received a man who appeared to be normal, a man who was born to a carpenter's family, a man who was born in a manger.

Today we seem to have a grasp of what power is, well at least how we define it. Power comes from wealth, from influence... it comes from those who have bigger armies or a better education. Power comes from royalty, or by position, and it is weighed by who you know.

But when Jesus was being questioned about marriage, He said something that applies to us all, He told the Sadducees that they did not understand the power of God. Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” God has the power to take nothing, and turn it into something beautiful. The power to take a man who was born to a carpenter, a man who was born in a lowly manger, and use Him to bring freedom to all of God's people.

I think this verse alone shows the true difference between God's understanding and power, and ours. It speaks volumes to His power. Everyone was expecting a king, an earthly man to overthrow a kingdom... instead they received a servant, one who overthrew the power of death, the power of sin. Instead of being freed temporarily by earthly power, we were all freed permanently by God's power.

This Christmas season, let us remember the true power of Christmas. Not the power that comes from material items, but the power that comes from God. The power to be a humble servant, while being the greatest of all. The power to love someone enough to give everything for them. The power to tend to the sick, and to care for those we do not know. The power to remember that Christmas is about something more, and something greater than ourselves.

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