Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Chaos. Complete and utter chaos. Christmas Eve has become an epic event of pandemonium in our household as all our children and now grandchildren join together to celebrate the birth of Christ with fun, food, fellowship and gifts galore. I love it. I have a sign somewhere that says, “You call it chaos, I call it family.” So true… Christmas morning is a bit different now with only two children left who love to stay up all night and sleep half the day. Social media shows they probably met Santa at the door. Surprised he didn’t show up on their Insta to promote “likes”. In the stillness of the morning, laying in a silent house, I begin to think about Jesus. Just Jesus. In all the craziness of the last couple of months, He is still here. Breathing in and out – I am still a bit tired and sore in my body from all the activities. My spirit and soul a bit exhausted from other battles in our life not worth mentioning. Thank you Jesus! Thank you for being human. Thank you for being our hero!
This little child who came to live among us packed with such power and authority. Humbled to a human life with all the challenges of trial and temptation while maintaining His Hidden Character of Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and so much more. His purpose to increase His Kingdom and offer His Perfect Peace to all mankind. Endless. Abundant. Complete. Fulfillment. Full Satisfaction. All of this wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
John 1:14 (NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Word of God (Jesus) wrapped in a flesh package to come demonstrate God’s Love for us in His Living, Sacrifice and Resurrection. All of this vital and important to lead humanity from certain death to confident hope. I need Jesus to be human. To show me that there is a way to walk through life pursuing God and His Goodness. There is an escape from evil. There is a way to live that will offer more than my choices could ever afford.
I Peter 2:22 (NKJV) “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”…
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I needed the humanness of Jesus to live a sinless life to show me that better choices are possible when I trust Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is relatable because He had to make it through the natural realm to the supernatural again relying on His Father and led by the Spirit.
Matthew 4:1 (NKJV) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
I needed Jesus to be human to sympathize with my plight. The struggles against sin. The difficult of my weakness. The temptation to sin. His Grace is sufficient for me because He knows and understand exactly what if feels like and is to be human just like me and you. He did it perfectly. He did it from birth to death. Humble birth. Horrible death. All of this for me. He was human for me. In the humanity of Christ, our Savior and Lord could offer us benefits based on His Experience so that our encounter with Him would lead us to more.
Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
This crisp and lovely Christmas morning, I am thankful for the baby born to Mary in a stable that night. The human whose name is Jesus who came to live out the most beautiful love story ever told. Who was a person just like me with all the difficulties of life to transverse and did it for me. To show me the Way, the Truth and New Life. Yes, I needed Jesus to be human. To provide all the glorious benefits as my Savior. So many times in the midst of the chaos and clamor called life – it is human nature to choose to survive rather than thrive. This Christmas let’s take a moment to “forget not all His Benefits”. The gifts that He has given just at the mention of His Name.
I Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus could have been our Savior and that would have been enough. But not to God or His Son. The Goodness of His Glory clearly evident that Jesus would be our Lord. Our hero if you will giving us victory in all things through His Great Name. Jesus is my hero.
I John 5:4-5 (NKJV) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV) Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Yes, Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God who came to save us from our sin. But that was not enough, Jesus came as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah announcing victory over death and the grave. Declaring an end to the domination of darkness in this world and the reentry of Great Light. The Light of His Love so blinding that darkness must move away, fear must bow and shame dissipates at His Brilliance. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Is Jesus the Lord of your life today?
Colossians 2:13-15 (NKJV) And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
To declare Jesus Christ my Savior and the Lord of my life establishes a new authority and power to dominate my natural existence. He disarms the principalities and powers that kept me on the run. He offers a way of escape into the folds of robes of righteousness and a shelter in the storm. He prepares a table in the presence of my enemies and leads me straight to them. Fully covered and protected by His Mighty Wings of Love. Nothing can pluck me from the Palm of God’s Hand. Jesus continues to intercede for me at the Father’s Right Hand. I can live fearlessly, courageously and overcoming all oppressors or obstacles I face not because I am anything at all but the One who lives in me is greater than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4) I needed a hero and Jesus filled the part. He is the One who gives me constant victory day after day. In my weakness, His Power is manifested in my life. I win. I always win. I overcome. I will always overcome. I am victorious. All because Christ came to be my Lord. He is my hero.
Revelation 21:6-7 (NKJV) And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Who do you need Jesus to be for you today? He is all that and more. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Sometimes the rigors and routines of life create distractions. In the name of survival, it is human nature to adapt. We are not called to survive but to thrive. To live from glory to glory. To live from victory to victory. Jesus was human. Jesus is our hero. Sometimes we have to stop and remember His Benefits or become lost in the tiny insignificant details of natural thinking and ordinary life. We are called to be supernatural creations and live an extraordinary new life in Jesus Christ. The same one represented in the manger on the shelf. The one who lived this life to perfection. The one who died a bloody death on the Cross. The one who forged hell and the grave reclaiming our life and handing us the keys to His Kingdom. The one who has already won all your battles. The one who is faith and true to make good from every detail of our broken life. The one who was human. The one who is our hero! Yes, that one! Happy Birthday Jesus! We love you!