Bivocational Small Church Ministries Coordinator
“The Reason for the Season”
Do your ever look at a tiny baby and wonder what he will grow up to be? Will he be someone special or do something notable? The same was true concerning the birth of Jesus. What would He do? What would He grow up to be? Even though Mary knew from the angel’s announcement that her baby was special, the Promised One, I’m sure she still wondered what Jesus would be like and what He would do when He was grown.
Jesus came into the world to be a King, but not the kind of king Israel was expecting. The Jewish people were expecting a messiah who would be a conquering, military-type king who would free them from bondage to the Romans. They were looking for a king who would re-establish Israel as a sovereign nation and rule over them from the throne of His father David in Jerusalem. Instead of being born in a kingly palace, this King was born in a lowly stable. Rather than hobnobbing with the aristocratic political types, He spent His time with fishermen, tax collectors, and other common folk who were classified as “sinners” by the religious authorities of the day. This King didn’t come to free the people from the bondage of Rome, but rather He came to free them from the bondage of sin. This King had no desire for a throne in Jerusalem, but rather a throne in the hearts of men.
What was in store for Jesus? What did He come to be? We can find the answer in His own words from John 18:37, Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. . ." Jesus came to bear witness of the truth. He came to bear witness of the truth about the Holy Trinity (His Father, Himself, and the Holy Spirit). He came to bear witness of the truth about man, sin, salvation, and the blessed hope of eternal life. Jesus came in the flesh to reveal the truth of God and the truth about God, of which man was ignorant.
Sadly, the Jews wouldn’t listen to Jesus so, they rejected Him as their King. Pilate wouldn’t listen to Jesus, and the Jewish religious leaders demanded that He be cruicified. Jesus is still rejected by people today who refuse hear Him and make Him the Lord of their lives.
Even though Jesus has been rejected by many, He is King nonetheless. Philippians 2:9-11 says, Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so 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.” That baby born in the manger is the King of kings and Lord of lords. That King born in a manger came to reveal the truth and set men free from sin and give the precious gift of eternal life.
Perhaps at this Christmas season we would do well to read Dr. James Allen Francis’ classic piece, “One Solitary Life,” and be reminded again that this King has affected life on Earth as no other person in human history has ever done.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had on Earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliament that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man on Earth as much as that One Solitary Life.
The greatest gift ever given came from God that first Christmas. Jesus is the REAL “reason for the season.” Have you acknowledged Him as Lord of your life?
May the blessings of Christ and the joy of knowing Him be yours this blessed Christmas season!
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6