Thoughts to Live By

Don’t Lose Sight of What Christmas is All About

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7

Suggested reading – Philippians 2:5-11

As the season of Christmas approaches we are all scurrying about, buying presents, making plans with family and enjoying the spirit of this beautiful season. But let us not loose sight of what Christmas is really all about.

In Philippians 2:6 we see that God left all the glories of heaven to come to this earth because of His love for the whole world. (John 3:16) He came to be our Savior. Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” He took on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7) and was born in such humble surroundings. Luke 2:12, “and this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” At the heart of the whole Christmas story is Jesus. “He being found in fashion as a man, humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” Philippians 2:8 He was mocked, beaten and nailed to a cross becoming the sacrificial Lamb. He died for all; that we might live forever with Him in heaven. But He is not dead. He is alive forever more. Matthew 28:1-3, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Oh what a savior we have, and how we should love him and humble ourselves to serve our living Christ!

This majestic hymn, “Down From His Glory”, written by William E. Booth-Clibborn puts it all into perspective.

Down from His glory, ever living story,
My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name;
Born in a manger to His own a stranger,
A man of sorrows, tears and agony!

What condescension, bringing us redemption,
That in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight,
God gracious, tender laid aside His splendor,
Stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul!

Without reluctance, flesh and blood His substance,
He took the form of man, revealed the hidden plan;
O glorious myst’ry sacrifice of Calv’ry!
And now I know He is the great “I AM”!

Oh how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!
The great Creator became my Savior,
And all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him!

John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”