Sunday, December 26, 2010

The First Sunday After Christmas: A Devotional Commentary

Isaiah 11:1-5 A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh. His delight will be in the fear of Yahweh. He will not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither decide by the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the poor, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked. Righteousness will be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his waist.

Galatians 4:1-7 But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is lord of all; but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed by the father. So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental principles of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children. And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Luke 2:33-40 Joseph and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him, and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn’t depart from the temple, worshipping with fastings and petitions night and day. Coming up at that very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. When they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. The child was growing, and was becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

Jesus came to do what you could not do. Jesus came to fulfill the law for you. Even as a baby he fulfilled the law. Simeon's prophecy put to rest any false ideas that Mary and Joseph may have had about their son growing up and establishing an earthly kingdom. Jesus' tiny little baby hands would one day be pierced for you. From the day of his birth the shadow of the cross hangs over Jesus. From the day of His birth, many wanted Him dead. Even as a baby, Jesus is an offense. The fact that God had to become a baby to save you shows how wicked your "righteous" acts really are. Jesus coming means a falling and rising for many. For those who try harder, it means a falling--it means a declaration of judgment. For those see their own utter sinfulness and trust in the righteousness of Christ alone--they will be declared righteous.

1 comment:

OC Apologist - On Christ Apologetics said...

Nice closing paragraph. Thank you for reminding me of the offense of Christ's infancy!