This Sunday, I was excited to share with our churches. Last week we looked at Jesus as the long expected Christ, God's anointed deliverer (that's what Christ means). This week, in considering the carol Away In a Manger, I was led to ask us all to consider how we saw Jesus, as only a baby in a nursery rhyme, believable only to children, or as our Lord.
I hear and see many people "grow out of believing" in Jesus. They simply seem to move beyond seeing Jesus as Lord; but in reality, I think Jesus as Lord makes them uncomfortable. Many people choose to believe in a different Jesus than he the Bible says he is. The danger is that if we have an improper understanding of Jesus then our response, our obedience, to him will also be askew. So, it's important to consider how we think of f Jesus.
I wanted us to consider if we saw him as a helpless baby in a manger, becoming vulnerable by setting aside his divinity?
Do we see him as a wise teacher explaining how to live?
Do we see him as a radical missionary reaching the lost?
Do we see him as your savior, the Christ, giving himself away for you?
or Do we see him as the Lord?
The answer isn't if one of these is correct. The reality is Jesus is all of these and more. Jesus did take on flesh and vulnerability of a baby, he was a wise teacher, he did radically reach out to the lost, he did sacrifice himself for us as The Christ so that we might be experience redemption. He was is also to be seen as our Lord. Jesus was acknowledged as the Lord by the Angles before his birth. He fulfilled God's promise reign in the Old Testament. He was God's agent in creation. He was God in the flesh on earth. He conquered death. Everything about him pointed to the reality that Jesus is Lord.
This idea of Lordship brings with it a reality that we consider him in that place. The question we must consider is, will we allow him to be the Lord of our life? Will we all him control over our living? He is to be our Lord, controller; otherwise we don't know him as he desires to be known.
Lets get to know Jesus this Christmas as more than a baby in the manger, he is the Lord. So, ask yourself:
6/2014-2/2017 Pastor Gary Priddy