It’s Christmas morning and I would like to postpone the end of the year countdown until tomorrow to talk about Christmas. Every year we see manger scenes when Christmas gets near and I love that. I’d much rather see that than Santa Claus and Reindeer. But though we celebrate Christ being born, I think the bigger celebration should be why he was born.
In Luke chapter 10 verses 25-37 a story was told. A lawyer asked a question of Jesus. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus put it right back on him. “What is written in the law?” He answered “love the lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told him that he had answered correctly. “Do this and you will live.” But the lawyer wanted to justify himself so he asked Jesus “who is my neighbor?”
We’ve all heard the story of the Good Samaritan! To recap a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell victim to robbers. They beat him and took his clothes and left him almost dead on the side of the road. A priest and a levite , both religious leaders of the day, saw the man lying there but chose to pass on the other side of the road. A Samaritan (part of a group of people despised by the Jews) stopped and cared for the fallen man.
So many times when we hear this scripture in a sermon or when we are thinking about it we place ourselves in the role of the good Samaritan. I would like to redirect your thinking. You see the Samaritan in the example is actually Jesus. The beaten down man is mankind or us. We are lying there in that hopeless state close to death when Jesus comes by. He takes compassion on us! You see the religious leaders aren’t the answer to our dilemma, Jesus is! As Christians we should be Christ like and thus the parable and the statement of “go and do the same.”
A long time ago there must have been a meeting of the minds of God the Father and God the Son! There had to be a way to bring the fallen man back to God. Jesus must have told his father “I’ll go, send me.” Without Jesus, we are all on the side of the road waiting to die. Today we celebrate Christmas and “The Greatest Gift of All!” https://lightenload.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/the-greatest-gift-of-all/ We should not only celebrate the fact that he came, but why he came. He literally saw us lying along the side of the road and made the decision to stop and save us!
Out Of A Broken Heart (click below to read a poem of love)