“When Jesus came to earth, demons recognized him, the sick flocked to him, and sinners doused his feet and head with perfume. Meanwhile he offended pious Jews with their strict preconceptions of what God should be like.” (Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew)
It seems that the folks who should have confirmed his role as Messiah were Jesus' greatest opponents – why? We must see Jesus as Savior on God's terms not ours. We cannot view the Nativity as only quaint or cute – we must see this as God intended – His Son offered as payment for sin – Jesus as Redeemer!
Sunday I will spend some time in the Gospel of Mark and we will see how many times and different ways that Jesus confirmed His Jewishness as a descendant of Abraham. In Matthew 1:1 “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” God gives the clear beginning of our Nativity Story – Jesus of son David and Abraham. Sunday I will take us through several examples from Mark's Gospel – I hope to celebrate the Advent with you this week!
Sunday I will also explain why this should be a verse in Christmas cards:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
See you Sunday!
Pastor Mike Burt