The Christmas Story that Changes the World

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:45

On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”  Others said, “He is the Messiah.”Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him -- John 7:40-44

This wonderful time called Christmas reminds us of the beauty, power and controversy of the greatest story ever told. Jesus came from heaven to be born of a woman, live as a human, conquer sin, death and the grave so that we can also be raised to new life forever. Wow!

It is no wonder that he was despised, rejected, abused, misunderstood, scrutinized and manipulated by all kinds of people then, since and now. In this recollection from the apostle John, we see the reactions that have not ceased and will never end. People will forever get their facts mixed up about Jesus simply because they choose not to believe or read for themselves. But does that really matter?

Jesus will forever polarize people just as light does to darkness. What really matters is that it's all true: he came, lived, died and was raised. And it is the most magnificent of truths because he still is the most effective person to changes lives. No skeptic, critic, doubter or hypocrite can change your life like Jesus does. No politician, philosopher, musician, actor or athlete can do that.

We are grateful to God for this incredible gift wrapped in a simple story of eternal power. And we get to not only embrace the gift, but forever pass it on. This is the real gift that keeps on giving.

Please enjoy the Disciples Today devotionals, songs and articles that help us celebrate this magical season and renew our vision for what God can do through us to change the world. All because God loves each and every one of his children. Perhaps we don't need to worrry as much about what the world is telling our kids about leaving Jesus out of Christmas. Maybe when we tell them the Christmas story this year we should share how Jesus changed us and then take them to serve someone. Let the light split the darkness. While you are out there in the darkness, go ahead and say "Merry Christmas" with the conviction smile that lights the way. Move over Rudolph.

Merry Christmas,
Roger Lamb
Disciples Today

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