The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” -Luke 2:11-14 NLT
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2:6-11 NLT
Jesus left everything in Heaven- riches, gold streets, glassy seas, no pain, no sickness, no sorrows- to come to earth as a vulnerable baby. Jesus was just a simple baby in a simple manger in a simple town yet all of creation rejoiced. So why all the fuss? Jesus, the Son of God, humbled himself and broke time and space and came as a simple human. He gave up everything to be our Saviour! Christ considered himself nothing so we can have a relationship with his Father. Jesus came to save us from our sins and eternal death. He also saved us so we can fulfil the purpose God called us for.
We are saved to minister to others God’s love and mercy. We are to be humble as Christ is humble, to love others as Jesus loves them, to be a living reflection of Jesus. This is not easy in a world where self is promoted. We are supposedly our own gods. The world doesn’t believe that God exists and it does everything it can to discredit Christians. Why are people so offended by Christ? First of all, they have always been. Jesus told us they would be. Second of all, his message is about denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following him. It is about being humble, putting God and others before ourselves, it is about victory over the enemy.
Satan trembles at the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. He doesn’t want people to follow Jesus. Remember, he was kicked out of heaven for wanting to have the glory to himself, he thought he was better than God (Is. 14:12-22; Ezekiel 28:1-19). Satan has always wanted the glory and the praise and people to follow him. Don’t worry though- Jesus is the Victor!
Jesus won the victory over sin and death via the cross and the resurrection from the grave! Because of this, he has the place of highest honour and his name has power! This power is not like a genie in a lamp and just saying his name brings us what we want. No! His power is released when we humble ourselves and earnestly cry out to him. In order to live in his power, we must humble ourselves daily and realise he is God and we are not. Jesus saves, restores, delivers and empowers! Jesus is indeed our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus, my precious Saviour, I worship you. Your name is higher than any other name. Thank you for leaving the comforts of Heaven and giving of yourself as a humble babe in a manger to grow up just to die on a cruel cross for our salvation. Jesus, you are amazing! Help me to humble myself as you did. Help me to not focus on me and what the world wants me to be, but to focus on who you created me to be. It can be very difficult Lord to think of you and others before myself, pride easily gets in the way, selfish desires take over. This Christmas, help me to realise the awesome gift of yourself as my Saviour and keep this in the forefront of my mind. I chose today to let go of worldly desires, take up my cross and follow you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.