We often talk of the price Jesus paid when He died for our sins…
But have you ever considered how much it cost Christ to come to earth, to take on flesh and dwell among us?
My husband preached a beautiful sermon on this topic, and on this almost Christmas Eve, I wanted to share his thoughts with you…
“[Jesus] made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:6-7
Imagine, Jesus in heaven…
Fully God with all the privileges of omnipotence
Choosing to come in flesh
To serve man
To give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
Jesus…Fully God, yet choosing to become fully man.
To be tempted and tested in every way like us (Hebrews 4:15)
To experience everything we experience.
Sovereign God… In Himself, needing nothing.
Free to do whatever He wishes
whenever He wishes
however He wishes
for whatever purpose He wishes.
Sovereign, utterly independent God, chooses to come as a baby…
Totally dependent on everyone around Him.
God – the Giver of all life…
Receives life through the womb of a teenage girl
God – dressed in robes of glory…
Comes to earth wrapped in swaddling clothes
God – the Bread of Life…
Is laid in a feeding trough
God – the Nurturer of all Creation…
Receives nourishment from His mother Mary
God – the Clean and Pure…
Now as a babe, requires bathing
God – the Changeless One…
As an infant, now needs changing
God – who holds the entire universe in His hands…
Clings tightly to His mother’s hand
God – who spoke the world into existence…
Must learn to speak
God – who walked in the Garden with Adam and Eve…
Must learn to walk
God – who protects His own…
Scrapes His knee as a toddler
God – the Rock of Ages…
Skips stones as a boy on the Sea of Galilee
God – the Perfect One…
Is mocked by His peers as illegitimate
God – who formulated everything in creation…
Must learn how to do math
God – who wrote the Law…
Must go to school to learn that Law
God – who grew the tree…
As a man, embraces that tree, climbing upon a cross to
die for you and me
Jesus became a man by choice – a costly choice.
And in the act, He initiated the GREATEST GIFT EXCHANGE the world has ever known.
Exchanging all of heaven, to come as a baby…
Exchanging omnipotence for helplessness
Exchanging streets of gold, for dust, dirt, and mud
Exchanging the beauty and order of heaven, for the chaos of earth.
Jesus exchanged it all so that we could be restored to relationship with our Father.
But the story of Christmas calls for a second exchange…A giving on our part.
If we’re willing to accept His invitation, God wants to exchange
Our darkness…for His light
Our sadness…for His joy
Our emptiness…for the fulfilment and hope only He can bring
Our sickness…for His wholeness
Our purposelessness…for life with meaning
Our sin…for total forgiveness
Our shame…for complete acceptance
Don’t get distracted by what the world offers you
Don’t hold on to your past
Don’t cherish the temporary.
Instead, accept the Gift.
God is with us
God is for us.
Don’t miss the ultimate Gift exchange.
– Pastor John Weaver, December 2015
I’d love to hear from you…what part of Christ’s coming means the most to you?