So today we celebrate the birth of the Son of God becoming flesh and blood to die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins that we might become heirs of God. He was born to die, in our place. There was no other way for man to enter the kingdom of God. Even the self-righteous Pharisee who thought he had it all together, was bound for hell. They thought that because they were of the bloodline of Abraham, they had a golden pass card into heaven. They were blinded to the truth that they needed a Savior. Worse than that, they didn’t want a Savior. It would upset their world. They would need to bow their knees to One that was in authority.
By their pride, they missed the greatest gift of all. The love of a Savior that would dwell in them, empower them to see, hear, understand and be vessels for the power of God to do miraculous things through them and for them. They missed the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which would teach us how to live above our circumstances. They missed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who loved them, as well as you and me, so much so, that He gave Himself as the unblemished lamb to shed His blood to redeem us.
Are you ever troubled that you can’t control your circumstances? Do you struggle with having an authority you are to report to? Do you sometimes think you know better than those in authority? A passage in Matthew 2 caught my attention the other night as the pastor was reading the scripture concerning the magi looking for the baby who was to be born “King of the Jews”. Listen to this passage: “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2:3)
“...and all Jerusalem with him”. Wow. They had the Scriptures, they were looking for a Messiah, all the details were there, they just had to believe and accept Him. But a fear gripped their hearts. Why? Things would change.
Oh dear ones, what is holding you back from trusting Jesus? Can you honestly say that your life is perfect and you are in control of your destiny? Just like those in Jerusalem, you are submitting to a spirit of deception. James tells us, “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” (James 2:19)
The words to the old hymn The Solid Rock come to mind as a reminder that Jesus Christ is the only solid foundation, the only strong tower against the raging winds, the only One who has overcome death and the grave and lives victorious and is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me.
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
Lord God, thank You for the precious gift of Your Son Jesus Christ, born a baby in a manger in a stable. He didn’t come to this earth to amass riches or power, but came to save souls that they may have everlasting life. Yet what He lacked on this earth, He has stored up treasures for each of His children in heaven. Treasures that could never be purchased with silver or gold, but their worth is untold. You gave us what we didn’t deserve, paid for by One who didn’t deserve to die, but willingly gave it all that we might live. That You, Jesus, for Your gift of life that keeps on giving in every area of our lives. Forgive us for our lack of trust and unbelief. We bow before You today, asking You to show us how to live life abiding in You and not the world around us. Amen!