In the Christmas season believing is important. Some people believe that Christmas is about Santa, an overfed man in a red suit that magically delivers presents to everyone in one night. This story evolves each season to encompass more and more interesting details in the never-ending movies and TV shows produced. But we know that Christmas is truly about a baby with potential.
Potential requires belief. When I look at scripture I see thousands of years of preparation for this one child to be born. Prophesy after prophesy announcing His life and accomplishments. They begin as general prophesies about the One who will be coming and end as specific prophesies to Mary and Joseph that say the One to come is your son.
Why did Mary, Joseph and others need to know that Jesus was the one? I believe that the potential of reaching God’s objective with Jesus was not achievable without those around Him who believed that He could do marvelous things.
Matthew 13:53-58 (NASV)
When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
In this scenario Jesus did not reach His potential because of the unbelief. In raising Jesus his parents must believe that He was going to be the Savior and raise Him accordingly. They had to be good moral people who would steadily influence his upbringing in a humble and positive way. They needed to be people who would pray for Him and His future without puffing Him up with pride. They needed to introduce Him everyday to other humble people who expected a Savior to come and release them from their sins and death.
The circumstance of Jesus birth and upbringing could not be in a palace because He came to seek and save the lost. He saw the lost that were seeking a savior every day and knew where to look.
Luke 19: 1-10 (NASV)
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
During this Christmas time look around. I am sure there are lost souls around you every day who need the Savior you know. If you believe that God is in control and can work through you, why not bring someone into the kingdom for Christmas? It would be the best Christmas of their lives.
Enjoy your week; I’ll be back next week with more.