Christmas: Sacrificial Love

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:19 ESV.

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If God became man, what would he look like? A mighty warrior with the largest army in the world? A famous person with Hollywood looks? A politician with charm and charisma? A king with vast wealth and resources?

Would you believe he already came in the flesh as the man Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Josephus, a Jewish, non-believer historian during Christ’s life wrote in his book that this man did mighty works. We are told in the Book of Colossians that the fullness of God dwelt with Jesus Christ. We read as his followers described him “a light in the world.” Other eye-witness accounts responded by emphasizing the miracles he performed that included feeding multitudes and healing deadly diseases. Others spoke about him resurrecting the dead. Then others showcased his ability to teach with moral parables that left the audience spellbound.

What the majority of writers emphasized was the unique heart of the man. He knew the evilness found in human nature. Yet he also knew the power of God to transform.

He touched the lives of the most undesirables of his time. He loved to celebrate life demonstrated through the parties and social events he attended. He surrounded himself with men and women who were not of noble birth or educationally valued. Instead he chose to surround himself with a smorgasbord of people who probably would never associate with one another if it wasn’t because of him.

Like most people who make a difference in life, his story didn’t fully bloom until after his death. There were over 500 witnesses who gave the testimony that they seen him alive after his crucifixion. He appeared and disappeared among his students and followers. His own brothers disbelieved him prior to his resurrection but changed their tune afterwards. His life was more than just being a moral teacher. The people who knew him came to the realization that he was and is who he claimed to be: The Messiah.

His life is a model of what love looks like in human form. He didn’t self-promote himself. He simply denied himself to serve His Father God. He practiced and taught what sacrificial love looks like. From washing his disciples feet to dying an undeserving death, Jesus Christ showed us what God looks like in the flesh. This Christmas is simply our feeble attempt to remember what his life means to you and me. Let’s celebrate it with him, through him, and for him. Besides, isn’t he the reason for the season?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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