This is John Stonestreet. Merry Christmas! Today on BreakPoint, Chuck Colson shares his thoughts on the towering implications of Jesus’s birth.
I wish you’re enjoying this holy Christmas Day in the company of your friends and family. Today, Chuck Colson relates in a promote creatively aired 10 years ago how Christmas is a time to simulate on the chick in the manger and God’s smashing adore for us, but even more, it’s a time to simulate on the vast implications of the Incarnation of God’s Son.
Chuck Colson: The manger stage inspires a clarity of astonishment and comfort to the hearts of Christians everywhere. But we mostly forget the towering implications of Christmas.
What design does the discuss of Christmas typically conjure up? For many of us, it’s a chick fibbing in a manger while Mary and Joseph, angels, and assorted animals demeanour on. Heartwarming picture, but Christmas is about distant some-more than a Child’s birth—even the Savior’s birth. It’s about the Incarnation: God Himself, Creator of sky and earth, invading universe Earth, apropos strength and home among us.
It’s a towering thought. Think of it: The Word—that is, Logos in the Greek, which meant all believe that could be known, the devise of creation—that is, ultimate reality, becomes small man? And that He was not innate of an conceivable aristocrat and queen, but of a pure of a backwater encampment named Nazareth? Certainly God delights in confounding secular knowledge and human expectations.
Thirty years after His common birth, Jesus increasing the Jews’ befuddlement when He review from the soothsayer Isaiah in the synagogue at Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, since He anointed me to evangelise the gospel to the poor…to broadcast recover to the captives…to set free those who are downtrodden…” Jesus then incited the corkscrew back and announced, “Today, this scripture has been over in your hearing.”
In effect, the carpenter’s son had just announced He was the King.
So yes, the birth of Jesus is a stately moment, and the manger stage brings comfort and fun and Christmas cheer. But it should also enthuse a holy terror in us—that this baby is God incarnate, the King who came to set captives free, by His violent, bloody death on the cranky as confession for us, His undeserved subjects.
It’s by the Incarnation God sets His grand devise in motion. He invades universe Earth, substantiating His power by Christ’s conceivable ministry. And then Christ leaves behind an occupying force, His Church, which is to lift on the work of emancipation until His return and the kingdom’s final triumph.
Do we get this? I’m fearful many of us are so rapt and dreaming by last-minute Christmas selling and consumerism, we destroy to see God’s vast devise of emancipation in which we, as depressed creatures, are directly involved.
Well, the normal Christian may not “get” this announcement, but those sealed behind bars do. Whenever we evangelise in the prisons, and we review Christ’s initial sermon, Luke 4:18, and when we quote His guarantee of leisure for prisoners, they mostly lift their arms and cheer. The summary of Jesus means leisure and feat for those who once had no hope. They’re not dreaming by the impediment of resources and comfort.
People in the building universe get it, too. Whenever I’ve shared this summary with the bad and oppressed people overseas, we see eyes brightening. Stripped of all element blessings, exploited by conceivable powers, they prolonged for the confidant new dominion of Christ.
Today is Christmas. Go ahead, enjoy singing about and celebrating the birth of the Savior. Set up a manger stage in your home. But don’t forget this earth-shaking truth: The birth of the Baby in the manger was the stirring vigilance that God had invaded the planet. And that gives us genuine reason to applaud Christmas.
(This explanation creatively aired Dec 25, 2007.)
It’s Not About the Manger: Christmas and the Incarnation
As this explanation from Chuck reminds us, Christmas is a time for joyous celebration. But it’s generally a time to remember God’s Incarnation. So get your family together and applaud the Advent of Christ and His dominion come to earth.