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That’s right! What we understand as Christmas is broader than just a cute story about Jesus coming as a baby. The Christmas story is part of the greatest story of love, loss, sacrifice, and redemption that we’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. And that right there is what’s so amazing about it! We CAN in fact experience the greater Christmas story personally in our lives. We have to understand that Jesus IS the Son of God and make a personal decision to either 1) accept Him as our Savior or 2) reject Him.

I’m so grateful that I have chosen to accept Him and have a relationship with God’s Son Jesus! A relationship with Him is the one and only way to be reconciled back into a relationship with God, live a fulfilling and purposeful life, and live with Him in heaven forever.

But, Let’s say you’re reading this post and you don’t believe in God or that Jesus is the Son of God. Would you think through with me about some of the details of His life with an open mind?

I undoubtedly know that God exist and sent His Son Jesus. But, let’s put my belief aside for a moment and say none of it’s true.

If there was a God, wouldn’t you want Him to love us and make Himself known to us in the way He did as recorded in Scripture? Think about it. God came to us in human form as a helpless little baby, the same way we entered the world. How humbling is the way Scripture says he stooped so low to identify with us, to see things through our point of view. It says He grew up and experienced the same kind of hurt and pain that we all experience: the death of friend, rejection, ridicule etc…it says He was kind and thoughtful, that His first miracle recorded in Scripture was a miracle simply to save friends from an embarrassing situation at a wedding.

Let’s say Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that if He did exist, he would be compassionate to the poor and merciful to the broken hearted even though they were desperately lost because of their own sinful mistakes. Wouldn’t you want to believe that he would be loving enough to risk rejection by speaking the bold truth to those who were self-righteous and whose hearts were hardened by the deceitfulness of sin?

If Jesus did not exist as the Son of God, wouldn’t you want to believe that He would live a blameless life and love us enough to give up His life for us?

Think about your life.

Think about the difference in your life past, present, and future based on your choice to believe or not believe.

What if Jesus Christ is in fact the one true Son of God? What if the next time He comes, He is not coming as a cute little baby, but as a powerful King of a forever Kingdom? What difference would it make to you personally in your life?

What if?

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
-Romans 5:8

John 3:16 is basically a quick summation of the Gospel story. It’s a popular verse many are familiar with. Check out the Message paraphrase (verses 16-18) of the worlds most popular verse:

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

What if?

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Jesus did the dirty jobs

“Jesus Did The Dirty Jobs”

 

Recently someone asked me,

 

“Could you imagine the King of Kings washing your feet?”

 

That is something to think about isn’t it? Especially when you consider the context of feet washing in their day. It was one of the most menial tasks for the servant who got all the jobs no one else wanted to do. People’s main mode of travel was walking. Some would have donkeys, camels or horses, but most could not afford them, so they walked. They did not have nice paved sidewalks to walk along; it was dry dusty roads often covered by dung from the wealthier travelers’ donkeys, camels and horses. The nasty dust and dirt from the roads would cling to the sweaty feet of the travelers. Keep in mind that they did not wear Nike shoes with comfy socks to absorb the sweat.

 

It was so important to have their feet washed. Especially as you consider how they sat for dinner. They did not sit at dinner tables with high chairs like we have today. They would sit on the floor at lower tables so their feet would be right next to the guest next to them. How nasty that would be to not have your feet washed. This is the context and setting when Jesus, the King of Kings, took the opportunity to show his disciples the heart of a true servant. How powerfully humbling that would have been. Smelling the nasty sweaty feet as you sat down to eat dinner and knowing that you were too prideful to humble yourself to serve. And then Jesus, the King of Kings, washing their feet one by one. Wow! Jesus was secure enough to serve. It says in John 13:3-5,

 

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

 

Jesus was secure enough in his identity to stoop down and do the most menial task, wash feet. When we think about the “dirty” jobs or jobs we feel are not important what comes to mind? Serving in the nursery or preschool at church? Volunteering to show up to property workday or work all week at Vacation Bible School? Cleaning the restrooms? How about the “dirty jobs” at home? Loving your wife by cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes? Helping your son or daughter with that art project? Taking out the trash without being reminded too?

 

We need to follow in Christ’s footsteps and know who we are in him and commit to a lifestyle of servant hood. Those who desire to be great in the kingdom of God will voluntarily choose to be a servant and will look out for the interest of others. Many of us say we want to be like Jesus. However, when we say this, do we have in mind that Jesus did the dirty jobs?

 

Changing The Perception Problem

The Apostle Paul concerning a change in perception about his life after his conversion to Christ wrote this verse:

“And they praised God because of me.” Galatians 1:24

I came across this verse while reading the other day and a question jumped out at me. The question is, “How many people praise God because of me?” So, let me ask you, “How many people praise God because of you?”

I believe the answer to this question can say a lot about you as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you are a witness for Jesus Christ and people are being saved through your testimony, people will be praising God because of you, when you take time for others and really care for them and their interests not in a superficial way, but sincerely, people will praise God because of you. When you are a servant and are looking for ways to serve others and be a blessing. When you decide to be a giver rather than taker, an eternal investor rather than a consumer, people will praise God because of you. So, what does it take to become that kind of disciple that people praise God because of?

The apostle Paul had an encounter with the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that turned his world upside down. A new perception and a new report begin to out about Paul. The Jewish Christians said of him, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy” (Galatians 1:23). Then Paul wrote, “And they praised God because of me.”

What are some perceptions people have about you? Do people run when they see you coming? Do people speak well of you? Do people seem to want you around? Do you have close relationships with others? Does anyone depend on you? If you find it difficult answering any of these questions or perhaps you don’t like your answers to these questions, then may be you need a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ like the Apostle Paul. Because a fresh encounter with him and a fresh outpouring of His Spirit is what you need to shake up your world and get you living as a true disciple of Christ. Then in time, you’ll be able to say, “and they praised God because of me.”

Chris Knipp