Monday, December 9, 2013

Three Reasons Why the First Christmas Matters This Christmas

When Jesus was born, Mary pondered everything in her heart.

Shepherds wondered at all that had been told to them.

They looked into the manger, and they saw the face of God.

Imagine the Creator of the universe depending on a teenage mother.

Imagine the One who “holds all things together” having to be held.

John told us why He was born.
                He became flesh.
                He dwelt among us.
                We saw His glory. (John 1:14)

John was an eyewitness that Jesus lived and breathed and walked on this earth. He dwelt among them. They saw His glory.

Jesus was born.

But does that first Christmas really matter this Christmas?

He became flesh 2,000 years ago, so He could have a body that could bleed.
Only blood could atone for sin. And only the blood of God's Son was sufficient.

So Jesus “became flesh” long ago. He became flesh, so He could bleed.

He was born, so He could die.

And His blood was shed for many.

His birth matters today.

He dwelt among them 2,000 years ago, so He could associate Himself with our world.
He didn’t come as a full-grown man the night of the crucifixion.

And He didn’t live in a castle on a hill.

Jesus dwelt among them.

He was, and He still is Immanuel, "God with us.”

“In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

We serve a living Christ.

His birth matters today.

                They saw His glory 2,000 years ago, so He could reveal to them the nature of the Father.
Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

We see “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

We can know the very nature of the Father by looking deeply at the life of Christ.

His birth matters today.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
                He bled for you.

Find comfort in Him.
He experienced everything this broken world involves.

Trust Him.
He is the very nature of God.

His birth was the most pivotal point in human history.

The first Christmas matters this Christmas.

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