The Pressures of Christmas
From Last Lord’s Day
A Section of Scriptures | Pastor Winston Parrish
Sometimes it is hard for us to imagine the Savior of the world as a baby. When we create a visible image in our mind of the Lord Jesus, we create that depiction of a real person that we’ve never seen before with our physical eyes, and what our minds normally project is that of a man.
We see an adult who’s in their 30s, standing, physically capable of taking care of themselves—but we should understand that the infant baby of Christmas, born in Bethlehem, was the Son of God. All God, and all man at His birth. He was and had always been Holy, Holy, Holy!.
The Birth of Christ is a birth of great pressures, and those pressures are revealed in a few different ways:
- The Taxation & Roman Oppression – Luke 2:1-5
- The Lack of Proper Accommodations – Luke 2:7
- The Poverty of His Parents – Luke 2:21-24
- The Threat of Murder – Matthew 2:13
- The Angelic Appearing – Luke 2:8-14
The birth of Christ is an interruption of mankind’s trajectory. All of the pressure that weighs down mankind; the guilt, untrustworthiness, bitterness, brokenness, fear. Jesus Christ calls us to lay that upon Him! That’s what Christmas is all about. Laying all of this upon Jesus!
Many people can’t celebrate Christmas, because they still do not know that great spiritual peace. They are still operating in their own power to try and control their humanity, their emotions, and fears! The manger scene is a place to leave it to lay it at His feet!
Trinity Baptist Church
Asheville, North Carolina
United States of America