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. Philippians 2:10-11
The birth of Jesus really doesn’t make sense….at least not by earthly standards. Jesus is the Son of God, yet when the time came for the prophecy to be fulfilled He did not appear from Heaven in power. He was not born to a powerful family, but to a poor virgin and her betrothed. He was raised in the poor rural village of Nazareth, a town that was often looked down upon. In fact throughout Jesus’ ministry people would exclaim, “can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46)
Jesus left behind all that He had in Heaven to come to earth and be laughed at, questioned and mocked for saying He was the Christ, the promised Messiah. Through all the ridicule and scorn Jesus reached out to those who were often left behind by the church leaders.
Jesus came to offer eternal life to everyone. He didn’t come for the elite crowd of rich church leaders, but to reach those who perhaps had begun to think God didn’t have time for them. Jesus healed lepers, had supper with tax collectors and spoke with outcasts. He was Lord of all, not the select few.
Do you consider the story of Jesus’ birth at Christmastime and think that it was nice of Him to come to the people of earth those thirty-three years and love on them, but then He went back to Heaven where He can’t walk or talk with humans anymore.
I want to encourage you this Christmas can be different for you! While it is true that Jesus is in Heaven it doesn’t mean He can’t love on us here on earth. I am grateful to experience that love each day as I talk with Him in prayer and allow Him to love on me through the Holy Spirit.
If you doubt me I want to encourage you to take some time to be quiet and let the Lord know your doubts. He wants to be Lord of your life too. He wants to forgive your sins, but far beyond that Jesus wants to heal your hurts and help you know Him in a real way just as if He was sitting beside you.
Jesus didn’t come to be Lord to the rich or the perfect. He didn’t change who He loves when He went back to Heaven. Just like the shepherds on the hillside, the wise men who brought gifts and the hurting, prideful sinners who repented and opened their lives to His Lordship Jesus wants to be there for each of us.
All you have to do is ask. What better day than today?