Every year in December we celebrate the season best known as Christmas. During this season we buy presents, wear Christmas jumpers go to festive markets, sing carols, eat mince pies, wrap presents and put up Christmas trees and multi coloured lights.
What do you think of when you consider the Christmas Season?
Perhaps it is Father Christmas, Presents, rich food and maybe you might think of a baby in a manager who was born in Israel over 2000 years ago. Scripture prophesied his coming hundreds of years before the event took place. All of Israel was crying out for a messiah to come and save them from the rule of the Roman Empire. They expected a superhero, an almighty saviour, a powerful prophet like the leaders God had used before. How funny then was it that God decided to flip convention on its head and send his one and only Son in the form of a baby boy.
What we expect God to say or do is usually different to his plans. I love this verse:
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
This baby that was born was a human baby, flesh and blood like you and I. But the circumstances surrounding his birth were completely different. This baby was born of a virgin, totally man and totally God. His name Immanuel means God with us and he was born in a dirty stable.
Jesus was born to us as baby who was laid in a manager in a stable as there was no room in at the inn. Almighty God came and lived among us for a short period of time to guide us towards relationship with himself and towards the truth.
He came as a servant king, to serve and not to be served.
Born to us a King
This Christmas and every Christmas let us remember how powerful that image is, that God himself left his perfect, eternal, heavenly residence to come to Earth to restore relationship with his creation.
You and I
I leave you with this powerful, prophetic statement made by the Prophet Isaiah over 400 years before Jesus’ Birth.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.