Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas: The Birth of our Saviour

Christmas is tomorrow! My goodness where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas without Dad. (Which by the way, we are so thankful Dad is here with us this year :) )

Anywho, with Christmas coming up, I thought I'd share one of my favourite Christmas passages from Philippians 2:6-11:
"[Jesus Christ]Who, being in very nature God, 
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 
but made Himself nothing, 
taking the very nature of a servant, 
being made in human likeness. 
And being found in appearance as a man, 
He humbled himself 
and became obedient to death— 
even death on a cross! 
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place 
and gave Him the name that is above every name, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father."

When we think of Christmas we think of joyous things, smiling faces, "tis the season to be jolly" right? Imagine how Christ felt? We have no idea what it must've been like to be in the presence of God 24/7, to see Him face to face. We cannot grasp what it must've been like to live in heaven seated at the right hand of God. It is beyond what we can fathom. But Christ was there. He did all those things. Then He came down to earth to rescue us from the bondage of sin. He didn't come down as a king or prince. Nooo, even though being a king or a prince on earth would have been a humbling experience considering what He was coming from, He didn't choose to be one of the "top guys". Imagine for a second if Christ had been born as a prince, rich, laid in a crib with the finest silk, and sleeping safe and secure in a castle full of guards. How would that seem to us? It would seem like no big deal. If He was born like that He would have humbled Himself big time, but we would never grasp that. So instead He was born to a poor carpenter and a young girl and was laid in a manger full of hay, sleeping in a stable with animals. He humbled Himself so much! He became flesh! That day, when Christ was born in human flesh, probably wasn't all smiles and joy, knowing what was coming to His Son, that one day He would be beaten, mocked, ridiculed and eventually crucified on a cross bearing with Him the sin of the world. For us it was a day of rejoicing and thanking God for the gift of His Son! I hope that as we are in the Christmas season, and with tomorrow being Christmas, that we remember just how big of a sacrifice God gave us on Christmas day. He gave us the gift of His Son, He gave us our Saviour! Thank you Lord for the most amazing gift ever!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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