Final Thoughts on Christmas by Larry W. Peebles December 30, 2016 16.50
Christmas Day has come and gone. The busy-ness of the season, holiday parties, candlelight service, and the joy of children on Christmas morning is over. We may still need to take down the tree and put away lights and decorations. There may still be some post-Christmas travels which will take us to see more family and friends. But for the most part, this most delightful holiday season is over. To keep it all in proper perspective, and to put a pointed emphasis on the Christmas holiday celebration that will give a powerful send- off into the New Year, I want to share some final thoughts designed to stand in stark contrast to the image of the baby Jesus in the manger.
The baby Jesus would have no problems adapting to His new surroundings, because He created them. Jesus is responsible for all aspects of creation. He always was, is, and always will be the Son of God. He stepped into a segment of time over 2000 years ago in the form of a baby, and grew into a man. He died for our sins, and was raised from the dead to gloriously reign forever. But, as part of the Triune God, He always has existed, and always will. His birth marks the beginning of that segment of His eternal existence where He stepped into a physical human form and became a part of the humanity He created. He was present at Creation, and He is responsible for all Creation. Creation was by Him and for Him. He currently holds His creation together, and saved it from the eternal consequences of sin. He is no longer a baby, nor is He any longer in human form, but He has not left us. He is coming back to claim the creation he was born for and died for. Consider these scriptures:
- John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”
- Colossians 1:16-17 “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
- Matthew 18:11- “For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.” Sin had separated man from God, and man’s authority over the earth had been turned over to the devil. Jesus stepped into humanity to set things straight.
- Matthew 28:20- “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus promised He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrew 13:5-6).
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17- “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
Most new-born babies are the center of attention, and are treated like kings. Jesus is King of all kings, and is ruler of everything within the vastness of creation. We should refer again to Colossians 1:16-17 above, and consider that Scripture says He named every star and hung it in its position. Then we will realize that with all that authority and prominence, He also knows every intimate detail of our lives, and wants to be involved in a daily relationship with us.
- Revelation 19:16- “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
- Philippians 2:10-11- “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.” How appropriate that shepherds, wise men and angels bowed and worshipped Him at His human birth.
- 1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” He made it all, and He runs it all, but that “all” includes you and me on a very personal basis. He wants us to look to Him when we have troubles or problems. He wants to help. He is infinitely large, but the smallest details of our lives concern Him.
Most babies are quite helpless at birth. They cannot walk, feed or care for themselves. Jesus had all the power. He laid down more power than we will ever see in this life to be born in the form of a man–He was both fully God and fully man. He is however, no longer in the form of a helpless baby.
- Matthew 8:27- “The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey him.’” I witnessed this kind of power in India recently when God held back the rains from a cyclone so that our outdoor Gospel meetings could proceed as planned. The equipment was kept dry, the grounds were dry, and the people were able to walk to our meetings from miles around.
- John 11:42-44- “I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me. When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out….” Jesus has the ultimate power over life and death.
- Psalm 97:5- “The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.” My wife and I recently moved to the mountains, and I now have an even greater appreciation of the power it would take to move or melt a mountain. The One who created the mountains certainly has the power to move or remove them. He is a mountain mover.
- Revelation 19:21- “The rest of them [‘the kings of the earth and their armies’-verse 19] were killed with the sword [the Word of God] that came out of the mouth of the rider of the horse [Jesus- ‘Faithful and True’-verse 11]. [Emphasis mine.] He has the power to deliver on His promise—His enemies will all be defeated.
So the baby in the manger at Christmas is a human but also God. His mother Mary gave Him human DNA; but the Holy Spirit provided Him with the DNA of God. As the eternal God born into human form, He stepped into the middle of the very thing He created. He came to redeem His own creation, but in order to do that, He had to become a part of His creation.
Though he came as a baby, He was in fact (and still is) Lord over all creation. He was and is the King of all kings. The power He gave up when He was born into the flesh of a human He received again without measure when He received the Holy Spirit at His baptism. The heavenly position He gave up at His human birth He received again when He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He left His Holy Spirit in the earth to give us help, wisdom and guidance. He rules and reigns over His creation today, but He is coming back soon to deal with sin and the devil for the last time, and take His believers home. Have a Merry Christmas indeed.