I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas holiday as we celebrate the birth of our Lord. As I said in my last post, He went through the same things we experience. We looked at this verse in Hebrews…
Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
He had to experience everything we do; even the need to obey our authorities. It’s very hard to imagine what He went through. As a child, Jesus had to obey His parents, even when they were wrong, and He truly knew better.
That’s something for us to think about, especially when we find ourselves having to submit to imperfect and ungodly leaders. The Lord learned obedience by submitting His very life to the Father. It was only along that path that He could become the source of our deliverance.
…He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
He became our High Priest. The High Priest is the one who goes before God the Father on our behalf.
That’s what we truly need to understand. Even though we’re celebrating His birth, He’s not a baby anymore. That’s something we have to get a grip on this season.
The Lord Jesus Christ is a priest that’s beyond the priests of Israel. He entered the sanctuary of heaven with His own blood. He became the Author of our salvation.
Such a high priest meets our need– one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Because of His submission, He was able to fully meet our needs. He is holy – set apart, like no other. The Lord is blameless – without fault of any kind, cannot be accused of anything. He’s pure – untainted by sin and perfectly walking the path of righteousness.
Jesus humbly took the lowest place, but is now exalted to the highest place. This is the God we serve.
Christmas is all about Christ. Remember the One that’s the focus of this holiday and celebrate it with His gift in mind.
Question: What do you do to keep the focus on Christ during Christmas?
© Nick Zaccardi 2015