Who Is This Jesus?

12/25/2007

Jesus is unlike anyone we will ever know…I realized that even more this morning as I read “My Utmost for His Highest”, a devotional by Oswald Chambers for December 25th. Here’s what he had to say about our Savior…Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not evolve out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being. He is a Being Who cannot be accounted for by the human race at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate, God coming into human flesh, coming into it from the outside. His life is the Highest and the Holiest entering in at the Lowliest door. Our Lord’s birth was an advent.” An advent…what does that mean? In looking up the definition for “advent,” I read that it’s the “arrival that has been awaited.”

We all love surprises--the arrival of something--and this Christmas as packages are unwrapped and the room is full of “oohhhs,” and “aahhhs” over what “Santa” has brought, I pray these times will be used to deepen our appreciation for what Jesus brought to the world over 2,000 years ago. Jesus is the Gift of Hope that can be unwrapped every day! Sometimes in all the hoopla of Christmas, our focus seems to be far away from the real meaning of Christmas and the birth of our Savior--but recently as I sat waiting for a friend in a fast-food restaurant, I looked around at the decorations, wondering where Jesus was in all of it? I started to see He was there…I just needed to search beyond the decorations that seemed “tinselly,” and find Him…because our Lord is in all things…

God reminded me that the bells that had been strung ring out “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The stars on the Christmas tree that stood beside the condiments and the soft-drink fountain point us to the arrival of our Lord. The decorations spoke of a celebration, a birthday party… It started to become clear that even when we may not realize the Gift we have been given, everything still proclaims that Jesus is real because our Father in Heaven will not let His Son be forgotten--even during the now so-called, “Holiday Season.” Jesus Christ’s birth, His death, and His resurrection are reality! And all Truth will be revealed one day to believers and unbelievers alike! Every knee will bow! "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26 (NIV)

Last night I heard our Pastor once again quote the verse out of Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I laughed silently at my foolishness in years past in thinking that this verse meant anything other than asking and seeking and knocking on the door of Heaven in need of a Savior. Let’s close our eyes for a moment this Christmas and be a child once again, full of awe and wonderment…let’s knock upon Heaven’s door, and have it opened up to us…having our eyes opened wide to the Gift that is there waiting for us…the One that was placed lovingly into our world by our Father, wrapped in His love for us! We may have nothing to give back but our hearts, but that is exactly what is on God’s wish list this year! He is well-pleased with our offering.

There’s no need to fret or worry that Jesus will be forgotten as the “reason for the season,” because no “tinsel” can ever outshine the Savior of the world!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all…there is HOPE!!!