Isaiah 9:6- “For us a Child is born, for us a Son is given. And His name shall be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
This is probably my favorite scripture describing the purpose of the birth of Christ. The real meaning of Christmas lies not only in His birth but also in His life. He came to earth to model for us what life with “The Father” looks like. His life of miracles, His life of love and His teaching all demonstrated the heart of God for us. And the truth is that His death and resurrection made all that possible for us to experience and possess for ourselves. Because of Christ’s birth, His life and His death we can now personally know God. We can have Him in our lives as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. During this time of year, we celebrate Jesus coming to earth, but for many of us, this season just seems to add to the busyness of life that distracts us from the real reason He came.
Because of the birth of Christ, we can now personally know God.
In Luke 10 we read where Mary and Martha invited Jesus into their home. There was much to be done, and Martha was “distracted by it all.” Maybe, like me, you can relate with Martha. There is so much to do, with people placing expectations on us. Yet in the midst of all the busyness, it says that Mary set herself down at Jesus’ feet. She seemed unaffected by all the hustle and bustle. She kept her priorities straight. She longed to spend time with Him. So, Martha (like many of us), complains because she is so busy, “Don’t you care Lord that I’m so busy and Mary (and no one else) doesn’t seem to care.” Yet Jesus reminds us, as He did Martha, that in all the hustle and bustle, STRESS and preoccupation with shopping and life, Mary has chosen and discovered what is best. Being able to sit at Jesus’ feet is why He came.
She longed to spend time with Him.
When we remember why Jesus truly came and recognize our need for Him, then we’ll take the time to be with Him. Then we will prioritize our Sunday mornings. And through sitting at His feet, we will gain His strength and His peace – especially during all the busyness of life. When we keep Jesus as our first priority (Matt.6:33) we will always experience His faithfulness, His blessings, and favor on our lives. So, what does your relationship with Jesus look like? Is it filled with His peace and presence? He came for you. Jesus came so that we could have His peace and be filled with His joy and strength.
He came for you.
In His presence, at His feet is where real joy and peace is found, and strength for the days ahead. Not in getting all the busyness done. But Jesus reminds us like He did Martha “choose what is better.”
My prayer is that during this busy season you will truly discover why Jesus the Lord was born.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”