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Monday, 05 December 2016 07:58

Say "Yes" to Jesus: The Star of Christmas

Written by  Kemi Searcy
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I took a stroll to a nearby local departmental store on the evening of November 1, just to window shop. To my surprise, Christmas lights greeted me throughout the displays, a mere day after Halloween! All the bells and whistles of Christmas caught me off guard. It was hard to imagine Christmas displays so far from Christmas.

I found myself reminiscing about the beauty of the Christmas season, with its colorful, shimmering lights, and wonderful carols that fill the airways. I admit that the atmosphere of the store’s Christmas decorations fanned a joyous anticipation in my soul.

 

The feelings I was experiencing were in stark contrast to the Halloween gloom and doom images of goblins, skulls, and witches. The dark mystery that surrounds so much of Halloween had disappeared in one night, replaced by the joy and peace of the Christmas message. I began to thank God for the lights I was seeing among the merchandise in the store. They had changed the atmosphere by expressing the hope that is conveyed through the Christmas celebration.

 

As I walked back home, I started to think beyond the lights and trimmings to what was the most extraordinary part of Christmas – Jesus! The Christmas story contains the submission of a teenage girl, the obedience of a confused godly fiancée, observations of shepherds and kings, and the humility of a cave in a small town in the middle of an impoverished, country in the Middle East. These are the characters in a play of the most epic proportions. Yet these are only supporting actors to the true Star of Christmas.

 

Philippians 2:6-8 tells us of Jesus, “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. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

 

Jesus said, “yes” to the Father’s quest to save humanity. Jesus was well aware of the humiliation, the pain, and the suffering He was to experience in order to fulfill that mandate. Jesus still said, “yes” out of love and compassion for humanity.

 

The penalty for our debt of sin was paid for before we knew we needed a Savior.  He willingly agreed to be our sacrificial Lamb before the foundation of the world.  At Gethsemane’s garden, he had to make the final decision either to save His own life, or watch humanity sink into an eternal abyss. Once again, He said, “yes” because it was the will of God. In fact, He is still saying, “yes” every time we call on Him. What a loving Jesus we have!

 

Consider what may have happened if the players in the story had not said yes. First, Mary had to have been frightened beyond words when the angel announced that God had chosen her to become mother of the Messiah. The human side of her considered the rejection that could follow from her parents, her fiancée, and the elders of the church. Stoning was the typical death sentence for a promiscuous girl. It would have been much easier for Mary to say, “Try someone else,” and get on with her life. Instead, she said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” 

 

What may have happened if Joseph had not obeyed the dream that confirmed the truth about Mary’s pregnancy – that it was divine and not sinful fornication? An entire lineage of the Messiah might have changed and Bethlehem would not have received her King.

 

Yet, God could have replaced Mary, and He could have found a willing stand-in for Joseph, if necessary. The only Person that could not be replaced was Jesus. Only sinless blood was worthy of the task to eradicate sin. Where would we be without Jesus and His undying love and affection for us?

 

I thank God for Jesus, the Lord of Christmas, the brightness of whose image alone was, and still is, powerful enough to expel the darkness of evil in but one day on a cross, along with every dark and unfulfilling aspect of our lives.

 

Like Mary, we have scary times in our lives when we are forced to make a choice. Like Mary, we can find ourselves at the crossroads of major life decisions that can have eternal consequences. The question is…are we going to say, ”yes?”

 

It may not be comfortable to say, “yes,” but it is the brave response, and the safest – because it is in the will of God…the very best place to be.

 

Say “yes” to Jesus this Christmas, Sister!

 

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