December 23, 2015

Read Luke 4:18-19

A few years ago when I lived in another city, I attended a church service right before Christmas. As is typical for the season, the pastor was preaching about Jesus and why He came into the world. The theme of the service was that Jesus came to save and to give life, and that even as He was a little baby, He was still the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

That particular night there was no childcare, and several small children were in the sanctuary with their parents. I don’t remember his exact words, but the pastor said something along the lines of Mary giving birth that night to a precious Lamb. By what could have only been God’s timing, at that moment a child’s toy began to play, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The pastor stood quietly while the entire congregation sat in stunned silence, listening to the tune.

Yes, Mary had a little Lamb that night in a Bethlehem stable. He was the Lamb of God, who came because of the great love of a gracious Father. Jesus came to set free those held captive by sin and to release those held in oppression. He came to serve the least of mankind, to bind up the brokenhearted and to heal those who were hurting. He came to bring us life. He came to give God glory.

He came because of me. He came because of you.

Will you come to Him?