Next to the cross of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross, the incarnation, God becoming a man, is probably the most significant, historical, impactful event that’s ever taken place on planet earth. It changed the world forever.
…he wasn’t coming to fight for [Israel] in a physical sense, but he was going to deliver them from the greatest oppression ever, themselves. And that’s what Christmas speaks to us. Today, if you get anything out of this, I want you to remember – Jesus equals deliverance. And in your life and in my life … most of our real problems come from within. And most of our real problems come from internally, and Jesus is still that child who delivers people. And that baby born in a manger ended up being a powerful deliverer. Most of you are sitting in this room [today] because that baby born in a manger grew up and became a Savior who died on a cross, who resurrected from the dead and now is seated at the right hand of the Father, so that you would never be oppressed again. Many times [we think] our cry has to be … Jesus save me from this situation, save me from this relationship … Jesus save me from this financial situation, save me from my boss, but the real issue is that Jesus saves us from ourselves, and he delivers us.
Let’s not diminish this story, let’s not let culture diminish, let’s not let religion diminish, let’s not let familiarity with the nativity story diminish the magnitude of what this is all about. Do not forget, do not forget that when God became a baby, remember the prophecy of it, remember the history of it, remember the theology of it, remember the audacity of it, remember the blessing of what happened when God became a baby.