Christ is Born… For YOU!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in FEATURED, Signboard | 0 comments

On January 1 2020, our signboard said…

 

CHRIST IS BORN…

FOR YOU!

 

So… what did you get for Christmas?  Most people spend Christmas morning with their family under a tree.  They exchange wrapped gifts, tear them open, and then marvel (or pretend to marvel) at what was given to them.  That’s the ideal family image, anyway.

But what’s the real gift?  Even if we do exchange gifts, the stuff we get on Christmas Day is soon forgotten.  Maybe they’re great gifts that you really love, but it eventually wears out.  Or it becomes obsolete.  Or maybe, it doesn’t fit, it’s ugly, you don’t like it, and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  After all, it is the thought that counts.

 

For Unto Us…

“For unto us a child is born.  Unto us- a Son is given…”

Anyone who has heard or sang Handel’s Messiah can instantly recall those words. The prophet Isaiah wrote these words about 700 years before Jesus was born.  They’re recorded in Isaiah 9:6:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

KJV

 

For Unto YOU…

On the first Christmas Eve, a group of Bethlehem angels was tending their sheep, minding their own business, when an angel appeared to them.  When the angel spoke to the shepherds, he put a bit of a twist on Isaiah’s prophecy.  Here’s what the angel said (Luke  2:10-11):   

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

KJV

“For unto YOU.”  Isaiah was talking about a King for an entire nation.  The angel narrowed that down and talked about a Lord for individual people.  He changed the “Us” to a “You.”  This single edit changed the Messiah from a national identity into a personal experience.  He is born for all people… even for you!  Unto YOU good news is given.  Unto YOU has come a Savior…

This was huge news!  In fact, immediately after the single angel appeared to the shepherds, he was joined by a “multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:13-14).  It wasn’t enough for a lone angel to give this message.  This was something that had been planned throughout eternity, and it demanded a big response.

 

IS Born…

When the angels came to the shepherds on that first Christmas Eve, they didn’t announce that Christ WAS born.  The angels said that Christ IS born.  What’s the difference?  Is, Was, Has Been???  If this announcement were simply a report of an event, any form of past tense could have been used.   But there’s something ongoing about the word “Is.”  He was born as a historical fact, He is still alive as a Biblical fact.  And yet, can He continue to be born (in a spiritual sense) to us every day?  Through every difficult moment, can Christ be born?  Through every temptation, can Christ be born?  Through every celebration, can Christ be born?  Is Christ being born to us THIS day??? 

 

Unto ME!

So we return to our first question:  What did you get for Christmas?  What was given “unto you?”  Is it something that will wear out and soon be forgotten?  Or is it something that keeps giving itself throughout all of the moments of your life?  Is it something eternal?

Clothes, books, gift cards are far from eternal.  But God tells us that Unto ME is born this day (and every day) a Savior.   We’re saved from all of the things that temporary gifts can’t rescue us from.  The Gift that is constantly being born unto me constantly meets my never ending needs.  I am saved from guilt, from feelings of worthlessness, from pride, from selfishness.   Instead, I’m given hope, love, joy, peace, and faith.  And as long as I keep depending on God, these gifts keep flowing.  They never run out, they never wear out.

If Christ IS born unto you this day, you’ve got to say that this Christmas treated you pretty well!

 

 


 

On Christmas Eve, Pastor Jim preached on this same topic.  Click the below thumbnail to view the article about his sermon
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