UPS, Justin Bieber and Jesus

imageThe focus of each Christmas season is appropriately centered on the miraculous conception within Mary and the miraculous birth of Jesus. This season I am reminded through Scripture that the tiny baby named Jesus, the Jesus in the Bible, was more than just a tiny baby. Make no mistake, baby Jesus was fully human in every way, shape and form. But…but, Jesus was also fully God. Do you realize what that means today, in this season? Perhaps you do or perhaps you just think you have a grasp. Please continue to read just in case you could be mistaken. We’re all human after all, right?

Think of the universe. It’s massive isn’t it. Check out this video clip by Louie Giglio to get a perspective on just how tiny our earth is compared to the massive creation of the universe.

VIDEO CLIP: http://youtu.be/UXbYHv77Jr8

“OK, so we’re small. And your point?” you may ask.

The point is this: that tiny baby that God sent to you and I contained all of the power, creativity, holiness, massiveness, perfection and love of God Himself. All of this was contained, but not restrained, inside a tiny baby and eventually a grown man.

Colossians 1:15 (ESV) says, “He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV) says, “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.”

Do you understand the magnitude of this??? This is, in my opinion, the second greatest miracle in the history of man; that God put all of Himself within a human body purposed to give all of it away on a splintery, wooden and shameful cross.

While we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us not forget “why” He was born, sent to this earth…His purpose. “Well Pastor Jamie, why is that so important? Aren’t we just celebrating His birth?”

When a UPS deliverer knocks on your door and gives you a package, what’s the first thing you do? You sign for the package indicating you have received the package. Then your eyes immediately go to the “from” area on the box. You see who it’s from. Let’s say it’s from Justin Bieber. You acknowledge this, scratching your head and then proceed to open the box. When you open the gift you find its contents. Let’s say it’s a brick.

“What’s the point?” Aren’t you curious as to why Justin Bieber sent you a brick? If you say “no” you’re lying. Not understanding why he sent you a brick really limits you on many things. What are you supposed to do with it? What does he want you to do with it? Should I send it back? Should I use it to crush his CDs? Should I throw it away? We could go on and on. And so many times we celebrate the birth of Jesus without fully understanding the magnitude of who He is and why He came. Without that understanding we can only go so far in celebrating His birth. It’s just a high-profile, cultural and traditional celebration in which we give each other presents. It’s only through understanding Jesus’ purpose for coming to us that we can worship Him each day and throughout this season in particular.

OK. So why did He come to live and to die? The answer is very simple, yet so unbelievable. Grab your Bible and turn to Romans chapter five. Read verse six.

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So why did all of God (His massiveness, perfection, grace, unending love, holiness) get shoved into one tiny human body? The Scripture you just read says He was born, lived and died for you and me, the ungodly. The Scripture goes on to say that while you and I were still sinners, or enemies of God, disrespecting God, rejecting God with our lives, that…that is when and that is why He died for us.

Jesus’ birth is just another birth if when we celebrate it, we forget why He came.

Hey, Jesus loves you. Not because of what you’ve done or haven’t done. Remember, He loved you before you were created, He loved you while you were rejecting Him and He loves you now. You can’t clean up or straighten up before you come to Him. He wants you to just come as you are. He already loves you.

For many of you reading today, the UPS deliverer is not at your door, Jesus is. And He is knocking on your door calling you by name. Open the door and speak with Him-He loves you and desires you-desires to hold you just as you are right now. You don’t even have to sign for His gift, you only need to open your heart and your hands and receive it. And don’t worry, it’s not a brick. It’s eternal life. It’s hope, joy, mercy, forgiveness, faith and a new life in Him. Open your heart and He will come in and be with you. You’ll never walk through another moment of your life alone and without hope. He is your answer, the One you’ve searched for all along. Make the decision right now to surrender, to give up your life to His leading. Pray along with me…

Father God, thank You for filling a little baby with all of You. Thank You for sending Jesus to live and die for me so that I could be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven with You. I believe Jesus died on that cross for me and rose again in victory. I turn from my sins and my ways. I give my life fully to You. Help me, lead me and give me the strength and courage to walk in Your ways. Most of all, help me to know You closely. I need you Jesus. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Amen.

That’s not some magical prayer or formula, but if you prayed a prayer similar to that with your heart, the Bible says that your sins have been wiped away, erased and the Holy Spirit will come into your heart and life and lead you into a new life in Christ.

If you made that decision today, I’d love to hear from you and help you find a Bible teaching church in your current location. Be blessed this Christmas season because you indeed already are, so acknowledge it. 🙂 – Pastor Jamie, jamie@powellvalley.org

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