Have you ever wondered what conditions were present when the Christ child was born into this world? Despite the popular notion of contemporary Christmas card pictures with pristine and clean surroundings, the true atmosphere was most likely dark and dirty. This was not the environment the Jews expected as the birthplace of their Messiah King. They expected royal surroundings. However, despite limitations put on God by our Jewish counterparts, He still exceeds our expectations and is continually at work in our sin-darkened world. Jesus was the baby in the manger. However, we must be careful that we don’t leave Him there. The helpless baby lived an amazing sinless life, died a death we deserved, and ascended into Heaven. Now He’s awaiting marching orders to return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Christ will rule this world and judge all people according to their decisions about Him. So how will you choose??
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways does our society minimize the Lordship of Jesus by continuing to view Him as that baby in the manger?
2. How does viewing Jesus in this way lead to an underestimating Jesus and His second coming as Lord?
Resolve to view Jesus not only as Savior (which of course He is) but also as Lord. Let Him grow strong and mighty in your life.
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