My favorite daughter made Christmas cookies this week. I am in cookie monster heaven. There is a roast in the oven and the gifts are opened to another Christmas.
Christmas far too often becomes a gathering of family to celebrate together and rejoin as a family unit. However, this misses the point of Christmas. This is the day we set aside to remember God humbling himself to become one of us. He does not enter this Earth as a triumphant king, but a baby born into meager existence. He came to show us the way to join him in glory for all of eternity. Christ came as a teacher, profit, and king.
Christ taught us to rely on God as he relied on his Father. He taught in such a way that the haughty didn’t understand what he was saying. The humble not only understood, but rejoiced in his teaching.
As a profit, he was the ultimate model to live for God as he led a blameless life. Through his examples of living and dying for God, we can see how to live our life to serve God and our neighbors. He pointed out the wrong and highlighted the good in the world.
Jesus was born to be king and everything he did while on Earth prepared the way for his eternal reign in heaven. Furthermore, the path he blazed as king was cleared so that his followers may join him as he sits to the right hand of the Father. Luke 2:8-14 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
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