A message from Pastor Mike Eleveld
Christmas is near and dear to all of us. We have images engraved on our hearts of Christmases past, loved ones gathered together, and presents under the tree. However, I am wondering if we think deeply enough as to what the nativity meant to Jesus. There was great sacrifice in being born in that manger.
The Bible indicates that Jesus coming into this world was no small thing. God’s entrance into humanity was brutal, cold, and dangerous. Instead of being born in a palatial palace, He chose to establish His beachhead in a manger, exposed to the elements and ravenous dogs that ventured into town nightly from the desert.
Paul writes to the Philippian believers and reveals the sacrifice of the manger, what Jesus was willing to do to be born into this world.
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being…”
The Sacrifice of the Manger involved Jesus voluntarily leaving the splendors of heaven to come into this world of sin. Why would He do this? The answer is clearly because God loves us so. He came into the world as the perfect demonstration of how much God loves us and wants us to be with Him. He came into the world to die for our sins.
“This is real love — not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10
He loves us all: addicts, alcoholics, and those who are sober… all of us. Please, think of this as you think about Christmas this week.