Jesus Christ of Nazareth
“I am bringing you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. For today in the city of David there has been born to you a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Isaiah 9:6 says, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;”
We all have a great present for Christmas that we remember and probably a person who made Christmas special. There is no greater gift or more special person born for us, given to us, than Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. God brings the great in life and lowly in life together. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” we read in John 1:46. The gift from God – His Son – came from Nazareth to Bethlehem from heaven. God planned for His great gift from heaven to meet the lowly things of earth. “There was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7b). Because of God’s timing for Jesus’ birth, “they laid Him in a manger” (Luke 2:7). Manger? Growing up on a farm I know that the manger is where you put the animals’ food. God connected the Holy One – the King of the universe – with the things of the earth.
The shepherds, serving in a down-to-earth profession, lived in the fields. They were the first to get the Good News of this great gift from God arriving for all the people. “An angel of the Lord stood before the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9). The news of God’s great gift was announced from the things of heaven to the things of earth. The shepherds then took the Good News of this gift to the town of Bethlehem. “And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” (Luke 2:18-20).
Where is your heart this Christmas?
Is it on the great gift, Jesus of Nazareth, a Savior, the Messiah and Lord, whom God gave to this earth for all the people? God poured out His heart into the lowly and despised things of this earth to bring the “anointed one” to this hurting and dying world. He used the things of heaven and earth to bring this Good News to his people, to get their attention on His kindness. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). We should, as the shepherds did, be glorifying and praising God from our hearts for His great gift – Jesus born for us, given for all the people. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
About the Author:
Marcia Moskal is a caregiver for the Formational Prayer Seminars at Ashland Theological Seminary. She graduated from ATS with a degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She is passionate about positioning people to find healing and growth in the presence of Jesus and lives out this calling through her own counseling ministry.