† In Jesus Name †
May the grace, mercy and peace of God so flood your life that you realize how passionate God is committed to you!
The overlooked words
Have you ever had a conversation, where the main point that you were trying to make was overlooked? In fact, the little stuff, that was dependent on the main point, became the focus of the conversation?
That happens continually when pastors prepare sermons. In fact, I have questions I ask myself every week, that I put in place to try and protect you from me doing this with scripture.
The first question is, “where is the law in the passage, where do we find ourselves disobeying God and doing what we want” If is followed by “Where is the gospel, where does God heal our brokenness”
But there is a final question, “how is the intimate relationship between God and His people revealed?”
Those questions, especially the third one, keep the main idea, the main idea. For all that we do here, from the candles to the tree, to the manger which will have the baby in it soon, it is all to reveal that concept, that God is passionately committed to you.
That other stuff – just describes the real truth
You see some of the words of the prophecy of Isaiah on Christmas cards, on banners, quoted every year, Let me reread them, from the King James,
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
Those words are an incredible promise of Jesus’ birth, and His life, death and resurrection. To call one born on a women Mighty God and Everlasting Father is incredible.
While I have preached 20-30 sermons on all of that verse, and sung those words in the Messiah, that isn’t the main point of those seven verses.
The key point – the passionate commitment/zeal
They, like the idea that the darkness we all walk in will be shattered by God’s glory, and the joy we will have when God breaks sin’s hold on us, all point to one simple point, explained in the last verse:
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
The Lord, God almighty is passionately committed to making all this happen.
Why? What is He after? Why would he zealously and passionately committed to sending Jesus to make all this happen?
Because He is passionately committed to you, that’s what this is all about.
God loves you with every part of His being! He is committed to making you His own, to help you through life, to help you deal with sin, to help you live life, with the confidence of the joy set before you – that you will spend Christmas in His presence.
This is why we are here; this is why we sing Hallelujah, and Joy to the World, the Lord has come. He has come to be with you, to love you, to help you depend on Him. AMEN!