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Jesus Is Bigger than Christmas[1]

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Have you ever stop to think that your view of Jesus tends to shrink over time? It is not because your theology drifts or shifts. But it happens because you tend to focus on one aspect of Him and forget the rest. And when that happens the result is a shrinking Jesus.

And as your shrinking Jesus becomes small Jesus, He is easily eclipsed by your idols and ego.

This is perfectly illustrated at Christmas time.

The bright lights, the decorations, the gifts, the traditions and so on leave Jesus in the manager. With so much hubbub, many don’t of think of Jesus at Christmas time. They say, “Jesus, who?” And that is completely said because Christmas is to be all about Him. If they do happen to think of Jesus at Christmastime, many just leave Him in the manger. There thoughts are about the little baby Jesus. But Jesus is so much more.

Jesus did not come to promote holiday cheer, boost end-of-year sales, or even to serve as the central figure in a nativity scene. Yes, Christmas is to be all about Him. It is to be all about Him because He brought Light into a dark world. He came into the world to save sinners.

In order to save sinners, Christ had to put away what makes people sinners, namely sin.

Romans 8:3 — For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Christ put away the sins of many by carrying them to the cross, and then to the grave.

Heb. 9:28 — So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Great sinners need a great Savior. That is exactly what Christ is, for He is “able to save them to the uttermost” (Heb. 7:25)

The bigger and more biblical your understanding of who Jesus is, the more likely He is to be such an object of love and adoration that the idols that aim at capturing your attention and swaying allegiance will loose their power.

Will you remember Jesus this Christmas? Don’t let the decorations and traditions of Christmas squeeze Jesus out of the picture. And will you remember that He is more than a babe in a manger.

When you think of Jesus this Christmas, remember this — He is bigger than you tend to think. He is the perfect revelation of God, the radiance of His glory, the exact imprint of His nature; He is the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. Everything belongs to Him and exists for Him. He is the author of your salvation, the perfecter of your faith, the only One in whom you can find the forgiveness of sin, the only One in whom you can find life. He is your Savior! He is Jesus!

[1] With many thanks, the seed thoughts and inspiration for this devotional comes from Joe Thorn’s entry “Jesus Is Big” in his book Note to Self: the Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2011), pp. 49-51 and Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein’s entry “To Save Sinners” in their book Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013), pp. 5-8..

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