Jesus is More
Written by: Hannah Springer
As we approach Christmas, the excitement of holiday lights, Christmas trees, jingle bells, and of course, presents can overwhelm our human minds. This Christmas, may we desire to turn our eyes back to the simplicity and richness of the Christmas story to bring peace to our souls and hearts. Tuning out the world leaves us breathless and in awe of our Creator's bounty as He was born into this Earth for our salvation.
To dive into how Jesus is even more than we can ask or imagine in His beautiful birth story, we will walk through 5 powerful verses in Luke that speak to the reality of who our savior is. Let your minds and hearts meditate at this magnitude of our savior.
1. (Mary’s prayer before Jesus was born) Luke 1:48-56 “for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.” Mary is just like you and me. She is a humble woman, falling at the feet of her Savior and Lord. Even without all of the answers, she rejoiced in the waiting through song and worship of how good our God is.
2. (Zechariah’s song, who is John the Baptist's dad) Luke 1:77 “To give people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” It was the grace of God to share Jesus to grant us the human freedom to live in our knowledge of salvation. Through God’s kindness of humanity, we get to live with the confidence in our saved state of our soul. It is within our salvation understanding that we are equipped to love and share the Word of God through the Holy Spirit.
3. Luke 2:8 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.” The first time the Gospel was ever shared, it was to the poor, humbled, and outcast in society. Jesus sees the unseen; He doesn’t judge the world like we do. This was the beginning of the upside-down kingdom.
4. (Simeon’s praise to God after meeting baby Jesus) Luke 2:32 “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Jesus came to save ALL; we will never understand the magnitude of this statement due to the degree of separation of Jew and Gentile at this time. We can, however, know that today, whatever race, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status we are, Jesus came for us.
5. Luke 2:38 “... She [Anna, a prophet] never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” God saw a humbled, widowed, old, and extremely devoted woman and chose her to be a preacher of the Gospel by blessing her with the sight of her Savior, Jesus. God ordains each part of this simple story to enrich individuals' lives and stories.
As we lean into the Spirit this holiday season, know you are loved, seen, and heard by the Lord. You are invited to receive this salvation through faith in Jesus as king of your heart - Romans 10:9 says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Jesus came for you and me. Let the words of the Lord bring you to your knees before the cross, for we have a good God.
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