For a child has been born – for us!
The gift of a son – for us!
He’ll take over the running of the world
His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness
Most babies are born with the thought that the baby is for the joy of the parents and their families.
This baby Jesus was born for the joy of every person. He was born for the world! Born for you and me.
I agree it’s hard to understand, how could something so small, so fragile be; the amazing Counsellor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.
It would be easy to dismiss Christmas if all you saw was a tiny baby. Maybe you dismiss it as a fairy tale for the weak, an excuse for a holiday.
The problem is history proves this child Jesus was foretold over 700 times, hundreds of years before he arrived!
It was foretold that a virgin (Mary) would conceive a child, that this child would be born in the town of Bethlehem. It was also foretold why this child would be born, not just the where and how. This baby was going to be born to wash away our sins (all our wrong doings, regret and shame). In place would be new life and purpose. Jesus is the Prince of Wholeness.
When we experience Jesus as the Prince of Wholeness it moves all of what was foretold, all of what looks like tradition and festivity and puts it in the realm and reality of our present day.
It confirms that Christ is for us today.
He is not a fairy tale, a cute baby in a manger, he is what he says he is:
Prince of Wholeness
He is timeless!
My favourite story of Jesus’ interaction with a person is the story of the paralysed man and his four friends. In Luke 5 you can read how the paralysed man’s four friends carried him a long distance to get to Jesus; however, they couldn’t get in to see him because of the crowd, they had to get on the roof and remove tiles and lower him in to see Jesus.
There is no doubt it can be hard even today to see Jesus, there are so many distractions and obstacles.
Even doubts and fears.
When Jesus looks at the paralysed man his problem is obvious. Yet Jesus says, “Son your sins are forgiven”.
Your greatest need is for God to clean your heart, make it new.
This Christmas make it a priority to get in close proximity to Jesus. Because when you get there, he’s going to say something nobody expects.
John 3:16 NLT
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”