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Merry Christmas!

December 14, 2017

I read the following comments this week from the Life Application Study Bible on Luke 2:7 and I wanted to share it with you this morning: “Although our first picture of Jesus is as a baby in a manger, it must not be our last. The Christ child in the manger is the subject of a beautiful Christmas scene, but we must not leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for us, ascended to heaven, and will return to earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger—or is he your Lord? Make sure you don’t underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life.”

In December of every year I find myself stressing that while we remember Jesus as a newborn baby in a manger, He must be so much more to us.  The comments from the Life Application Study Bible really drove this home for me in a couple ways.

First of all, we see Him as a handsome, cute little baby when in reality Scripture paints a different picture of Jesus: My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.” Isaiah 53:2 NLT

Secondly, we see Him as an innocent baby and yet while He never did sin, we cannot forget that he took the guilt and sin of the World upon his shoulders as He died on the cross.  "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." I Peter 2:24 NIV

Finally, we see Him as a helpless child dependent on his parents, but do not forget Matthew 12:46-50: While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Church, enjoy this season and the celebration of this special birthday, but do not leave the Christ child lying in a manger. See Him sitting at the right hand of the Father, preparing a place for us and counting the seconds until He returns to take us home!!!

Merry Christmas!

Preacher B