December 1 – December 7, 2006 (Part II)

In the morning I shared a message on Christmas from Mary’s perspective, basically the story of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke. One of the themes we discussed was the fact that our God is a humble God:

I think for many people the concept of God is a mighty being sitting high above earth on a throne somewhere in Heaven. They see Him as a dictator, an extremist, a harsh punisher of wrongdoers. They see Him as an aloof, self-centered God.

But that is a misconception of the true God. God is gentle and kind. He is understanding and caring. He is compassionate. God is a humble God.

Jesus was born in a smelly stable with cows and donkeys and sheep looking on. He was born to an ordinary family, a carpenter and his in descript wife. News of His birth was first given to lowly shepherds as they sat tending their sheep by night. To me that is just awesome.

Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords…yet when He came to earth, he chose to come under such humble and simple circumstances. He could have been born in a magnificent palace, wrapped in clothes embroidered with gold and silver, laid in a silk lined crib…but instead he chose to be born in a stable, wrapped in rags and laid in a manger.

Why did he choose to have such humble beginnings?

In Isaiah 61:1-3, a prophecy talks about Jesus’ coming. It talks about why He was sent. It says:

1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

Thus, Jesus did not only come for the rich, happy and prosperous people. But instead He came for ordinary people like us. He came for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives. He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus chose to have a humble birth and an ordinary life, so that He could relate to us and we could relate to Him. They say, do not judge a man until you have walked 2 miles in his shoes. Meaning, you can’t really understand or relate to someone unless you have been in their situation. So, Jesus chose to be like us, so He could better relate to us and we to Him.

He went through the pains and sufferings of human life. He went through rejection and heartache…disappointment and set backs. So He understands our troubles…and heartache…and He wants to take that away.

Before I came to know Jesus, I used to think that God is so far away. I used to wonder, does He hear me when I pray. Does He see my tears when I cry. Does He care when I am happy. But, now I know that God is not so far away. He is right here with me. He is my best friend. Jesus not only hears my prayers, but He answers them. Jesus not only sees my tears, but He wipes them away. And Jesus is there to celebrate with me. The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10: The joy of the Lord is my strength. I’ve seen in my own life over and over again that He has turned my tears into laughter.

After service we rushed over to Vasant Vihar for the afternoon prayer fellowship. There a lady, Mary Aunty, shared a testimony of how the Lord has been taking away all of her tensions and insecurities and giving her confidence and boldness. She testified tht for years she has been wanting to write text book, but has not been able to for a variety of reasons. But ever since she has started coming to our Sunday fellowship, the Lord has changed that. She has now published one book and has 2 more on the way. Hemant testified that the Lord has been helping him with his work. He works in a call center. He prays and each time the Lord gives him good sales. We also found out that a lady we had prayed for before going to the US, who was bedridden for months is completely healed. Someone told us that the lady who previously even went to the bathroom in her bed is now up and about, even bending down and cleaning the floors!

The message was on “how” to pray. We talked about the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.

After service we began practice for the Christmas play. Then in the evening Mom and Dad flew out to Hyderabad and my sister came to stay with me.

Scripture of the Day:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. I John 4:18.

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