Continuing with our series on some obvious but some not-so-obvious lessons gleaned from the First Christmas, today let's come to

Humility/Propitiatory...

"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Phillippians 2:5-9)

Another truth clear as a crystal is this...minus Christ's immeasurable humility, first Christmas would not have come about. Well, first Christmas symbolized merely Christ's first step towards the Cross. Wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), Jesus paid the price on our behalf. God's perfect character of holiness required that price be paid for our sins--not merely issue a ticket for our transgressions but issue a death penalty itself--at the same time His infinite love demanded that man be set free from that condemnation.

Welcome to a true story which in a small way mirrors Christ's eventual propitiatory act of dying on the Cross after condescending to be a mere human...

On Oct. 4 2014, Officer Ben Hall of Emmett Township, Mich., received a call to investigate a car in which, reportedly, an unsecured child was observed. Alexis DeLorenzo and her daughter were riding in this car with a friend. When Hall pulled them over, things didn't go as expected. When Hall walked over to the car, he saw that DeLorenzo's 5-year-old daughter was wearing a seat belt but was not secured in a booster seat. In Michigan, child safety restraints are required for children under the age of 7. "When I spoke to [DeLorenzo], she was very forthcoming and knew that the child should be in a booster seat," Hall said. He added, "She admitted that she was wrong and that she had recently fallen on hard times."

Hall said DeLorenzo told him that her car had been repossessed that day with her daughter's booster seat in it, and she simply couldn't afford a replacement booster seat. Instead of writing DeLorenzo a ticket, Hall decided to address the problem with, to his mind, a more productive solution. "A ticket doesn't solve the situation," Hall told WXMI-TV. "What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be." Hall instructed DeLorenzo to meet him at the local Walmart. There, instead of writing her a ticket, he purchased a booster seat for her. DeLorenzo was overwhelmed by the officer's understanding and compassion. Hall didn't seem fazed; he said, "It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent." DeLorenzo made sure that Hall's actions were recognized, posting to the Emmett Township Police Department's website her thanks.
Coming back to the spiritual realm, let the Scripture take over at this stage...

"For our sake he made him to be sin (in the Cross) who knew no sin (being conceived in a Virgin's womb...holy right from conception), so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor 5:21)

The Saviour humbled himself condescending to being a human baby on the First Christmas in order that He pays the ultimate price on the cross. What a Saviour!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have won my heart, not by force but by demonstration of your agape love. Let my passionate love for Thee, never diminish. Amen.

Suresh Manoharan
J and SM Ministries


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