• Pastor Conrad

Is Christ Crowded out of your Christmas?

CROWDED OUT?

The ox knoweth his owner,and the ass his master's crib:

but Israel doth not know,my people doth not consider.

(Isa 1:3)

You may think that this is a rather inappropriate scripture for a December article, but if you’ll read through it you will understand how it applies. The twenty-fifth of this month is the day that we set aside to celebrate the birth of the Son of God, the Saviour of the world.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Imagine, God loved Israel so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son to be a sacrifice for their sin. What wonderful love! How blessed the nation of Israel was! Yet they spurned that great gift of God’s love. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:11). Those cities around Galilee where He healed so many refused His salvation. He wept over Jerusalem because they tried to establish their own righteousness. He was even rejected by His own hometown. This rejection began from His very birth. The Master’s crib was a Manger in the cattle stall behind the inn And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

I wonder if His people today consider that they crowd out their Saviour with the busy-ness and bustle of preparation for the celebration, and don’t have any room left in their schedule for fellowship with Him.

Don’t make the grave mistake Israel did when they said, “We will not have this man to reign over us.”

What fool could dare say that He was just a son of an adultress, or a carpenter’s son, or any other mere human.

Born in a Barn, yet Worshipped by Wisemen

Cradled in Cow feed, but Adored by Angels

Wrapped in Rags, yet Honoured by the Humble

Scorned by the scholars, but Answered with Authority

Lived with the Lowest, yet the Master of Miracles

Cursed by the Cruel, but Preached with Power

Laid down His Life, yet Rose as the Righteous

Gone to Glory, but Returning to Reign!

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