By now you’ve noticed the trend of Christmas posts that have been put up and might be asking “why” so many posts regarding a holiday that I, personally, do not celebrate in the traditional norms?
Because Jesus Christ is my King, and any opportunity to present Him is a welcome and joyful opportunity to me that I will embrace!
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ: so we will look, now, at the incarnation of our great and glorious King.
1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
These passages are powerful, both in their prophetic utterance of the Word of the Spirit and in their impact upon the heart and soul of the believer. The King of kings and Lord of lords has descended and ascended, becoming humbled to the flesh and exalted to the right hand of God.
As Christmas is, despite what anyone says, a day that is all about either one thing or another (it cannot be about both): Christmas is either about the coming of our King, whom we follow according to His Word, or it is about giving and receiving material and physical gifts.
If you claim Christmas as a day about Jesus Christ, then let us also follow Jesus Christ. Give without expecting to receive, indeed, render everything unto the service of Jesus Christ, even your death, taking His sufferings upon you just as you also take His eternal life and glory upon yourself as well!
In His likeness, both in death and resurrection, we follow a great and marvelous King- while He was in the flesh, He was humbled and became a servant, so also while we are in the flesh, we too are just humble servants. But once raised, He was glorified and magnified, so also, once raised, we will share in His glory and exalt in His name forever and ever, Amen!
This Christmas is a time to answer a question: what is Christmas about to you and what are you going to do about it? Will you be going into debt to give material possessions away this christmas, or will you be going into His debt?