Why Was Jesus Born?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (Written 700 years before Jesus’ birth)
“SANTAAAAAAAA!!!!” Most of us know this line from the movie Elf, as Buddy squirms with excitement, thinking Santa is in the mall.
Most of us can also picture the squirrel on the back of Clark Griswold’s jacket, as his dad yells out, “Squirrel!” while the entire family runs crazy throughout the house trying to get the squirrel outside–or, to “smash it with a hammer,” as Clark says. In the madness, eventually the squirrel leaps onto the shallow, annoying neighbor, Margo, RIGHT IN THE FACE, as the front door is opened up and Clark quickly closes it with a smile of contentment.
The Christmas season is such a great time of the year! It’s cozy! It’s extra friendly!…It’s….giving. Even some of the most greedy people open up their pocketbooks, hearts, and homes for others during the holidays.
And I believe this time of year is so giving because God’s Spirit hangs extra heavy over planet earth during Christmas time. God is a Spirit of giving, He loves to give! There’s nothing we can do to imitate God more authentically than when we give, with love. And that spirit rubs off on people who don’t even believe in Him, during the month of December.
That something you feel in the air?…It’s your Creator. He’s giving you a taste of His character–a smell of heaven. And why is God so giving? Because He is loving–and not just loving–but the Bible says that He actually is love (see 1 John 4:8). LOVE IS WHO GOD IS! And love, gives.
God loves us so much, He created a place for us to have life! PLANET EARTH! He loves us so much, He created us–actual HUMAN BEINGS–and He took it a step further, creating us in His image! We look like God! (See Genesis 1:27). HE JUST HAD TO HAVE US! And God loves us so much, that He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save us, and to make us just like Him in spirit! (See John 3:16).
Begotten Son, as in, from His very own spiritual loin! Jesus is the only man to ever have the DNA of the Creator of the universe!
The reason why Jesus was born is because God also wanted to give us…rest. God came to earth in human form to give all of humanity, rest.
For myself, as a person who didn’t understand how to rest, how to just sit still and relax, I needed this badly. As someone who always had to be doing something, accomplishing a goal, working–SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING–AT ALL TIMES–more than anything else in my life, I needed rest! We all do. We all need internal rest. Jesus gives this to us, freely, at our taking.
God knew we were going to need rest; not just rest from sin, addictions, stress, and fear–but rest from religious expectations, church work, and impressing others. That’s why Jesus came. He said so Himself, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…My yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28,30 my emphasis added).
As you rest in Him, you will then produce an abundance of spiritual fruit–the Bible calls it “fruit of the Spirit.” Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 13, give you a full list of this fruit. Here are a few pieces of it:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, SELF-control; you won’t be jealous, you won’t brag on anything that doesn’t really matter, you won’t be disrespectful or dishonorable, you won’t stir up trouble, you won’t gossip or be happy when bad things happen to other people–and you will even love your enemies.
This organic spiritual fruit growth only happens in a state of rest–in a state of resting in God’s grace–you cannot force it. His grace is Christ in us, infused with our spirits. When you finally realize everything in your relationship with God has been free from the beginning of you simply believing in Jesus as your Savior–and that it will always stay free–no matter what your flesh may do, you’ve got it!
We didn’t “work” to get anything from God, so we can’t “work to keep” what He’s freely given. From the very millisecond you believed, your adoption into the family of God was given to you out of love, from your loving Heavenly Father (see Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:4-7). The only thing you should now be striving for is to enter the rest of God (see Hebrews 4:11), and that rest, is Jesus.
Fruit of the Spirit grows in abundance, naturally, from entering this place of rest in His grace–because it’s happening from the inside out. When you try to force it, you will not produce fruit of the Spirit.
But when you find rest in what Jesus has done, only, you will then produce, give away, and trip all over His fruit! Then you will go on to do more work for God than you’ve ever done before! And in the proper way–His way.
This is why Jesus was born! To give you, yes you, rest! Any pressure that you may be feeling in your life is not coming from God, but instead, from others, yourself, or the enemy. So begin to relax in Christ and enjoy what He’s finished for you! And be sure to thank the Father today, for such a wonderful gift of love! JESUS!
A prayer for you: Today is Christmas! Happy birthday Jesus! I know this isn’t the actual day you were born, but it is the day we celebrate it! So thank you! And thank you Father for sending us this little baby who would grow up and save the world. WOW! I CAN’T FATHOM THIS! And thank you, Jesus, for teaching us how to live, love, and forgive–AND HOW TO GIVE! Thank you for giving us your Spirit, and continuing to live inside us after we invite you in. Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who may not be having such a great day, wrap your arms around them and help them to feel your love. Let them know you are with them, and that you have good plans for their lives. Reassure them in their spirit that everything will be okay, one day soon. I also pray for those who may be stuck in a pattern of religious works, those who don’t know how to rest; those who think they gotta keep striving to earn your approval–GIVE THEM THE REST THEY NEED! Give them a sense of peace, comfort, confidence, and a sound mind, which is found in knowing Jesus has finished everything; and now we can simply enjoy that gift. In His name I pray, amen.
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