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December 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

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Isaiah 9:6.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Some people may look at this verse and see the child, but miss the Son of God, which means they will miss the whole point of Christmas.

 

The shepherds saw Jesus

 

The shepherds were the first people to hear about the birth of the Saviour.

 

When Prince William and Kate Middleton had their child, who do you think the first people to be told the good news was?

 

It certainly wouldn’t have been the likes of the shepherds. In the days of Mary and Joseph, shepherds were a bunch of uneducated, low-class, social and religious outcasts, yet they were the first to hear the good news about the birth of God’s Son.

 

This tells us that all people are important to God! There is no favouritism with God, no respect of persons. From the “A listers” to the “untouchables”, He loves them all and His salvation is available equally to each and every one.

 

The wise men saw Jesus

 

The wise men wanted to see the Saviour, and like the shepherds, they weren’t satisfied with the spectacular sight of the star shining brightly and leading them on for so many months, they wanted to see the real Light of the world.

 

Matthew 2:8-11

And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

 

The wise men made an arduous journey for many months to see the infant king, in contrast the religious leaders didn’t make the trip even though they were so close. They knew where the Messiah would be born and they could tell Herod the name of the place, but they seemed to prefer to read about Him than to go and look for Him.

 

The Greeks saw Jesus

 

John 12:20-22

20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.

21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

 

Why do you think Philip took them to Andrew?

 

Maybe Philip was like some of us when we don’t know what to do so we just say, “you need to talk to my pastor”. Andrew might not have been able to answer all their questions either but he did take them to Jesus.

 

Remember Andrew, as soon as he heard about Jesus he took his brother Simon Peter to meet Him and he was the one who took the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus, which He used to feed the 5000. Andrew knew how to introduce others to the Saviour, he’d discovered that nobody was a nuisance to Jesus.

 

What can we do to introduce people to Jesus like Andrew did? What would you say to people, even Christians, who feel like they’re just a nuisance to Jesus?

 

Did you notice that whenever someone wanted to see Jesus He was always willing to be seen. Those who demanded to see a miracle left disappointed but those who said “we want to see Jesus” got what they wanted.

 

Zacchaeus saw Jesus

 

Zacchaeus was a rotten little crook but he’d heard a lot about Jesus and he wanted to get a look at Him.

 

Interesting isn’t it, Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was, but Jesus already knew who he was. When Zacchaeus did set eyes on Jesus he was enabled to look past the famous miracle worker and see the Saviour.

 

One important lesson we see in this story of Zacchaeus is that you don’t have to be a good person to see the Saviour.

 

Simeon saw Jesus

 

Luke 2:26

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

 

When Simeon looked at the little bundle wrapped up in Mary’s arms in the temple that day he saw the Almighty God. Max Lucado says, “some don’t want to die until they’ve seen the world. Simeon’s dream was not so timid. He didn’t want to die until he had seen the maker of the world. He had to see Jesus.”

 

How can we see the Saviour?

 

We can take a leaf out of the books of people who have seen Him, people like Simeon, the Greeks, the shepherds, Zacchaeus, and the wise men.

 

The shepherds and the wise men were in the right place, but it was an unexpected place.

 

Zacchaeus was up a tree, Simeon was in the temple, the Greeks were in a crowded place, but so were many thousands of other people who never had their eyes opened to the reality that the Saviour of the world was walking among them. You see there’s a bit more to it than just being in the right place at the right time.

 

Make a decision to seek Him like the humble shepherds did, long for Him as Simeon did, seek Him as the Greeks did, worship Him as the wise men did, get out of your comfort zone like Zaccheaus did, and ask Him to open your eyes as He opened all of theirs. Whatever it takes don’t miss the greatest gift the world has ever seen, God’s gift of His one and only Son, given to be the Saviour of the world.

 



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