Well it’s December already, Christmas is just a few weeks away. Cards are being sent, gifts are being purchased, Christmas trees are being decorated and lights are going up on stores and houses. There are cookies to bake, parties to attend and the list could go on and on. December goes by in a flurry, so much to do, so little time to even sit down and think. Little time to reflect on who it’s all about, Jesus Christ.
So in the midst of the hustle and bustle, in the midst of hitting the malls and decking the halls, during the month of December, we want to discover Jesus. Today, we begin a new message series which I’ve called “Discover Jesus This Christmas.” The true meaning of Christmas is centered in the person of Jesus, born as a baby some 2000 years ago. Yet, Jesus did not remain a baby. Far too often, we simply think of Him as a baby in the manger, but He is so much more.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Each title represents one aspect of Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Today we’re going to look at Jesus as Mighty God and so I’ve entitled today’s message Jesus: The Power of God.
Let’s begin by looking back at that first Christmas night some 2000 years ago. The Bible tells us in Luke 2 that there were shepherds watching their flocks that night. Perhaps one shepherd was on watch with the others sleeping. Suddenly an angel appeared in blazing brilliance, waking them all. We tend to think of angels as nice little cupids, but in the Bible anyone who ever sees one is terrified. Angels are incredibly powerful and awesome creatures. Angels have learned that the first thing to say to people is, “Do not be afraid.”
Luke 2:10-11 (NIV) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Why were these angels so excited about the birth of Jesus? Those angels knew Jesus. He had lived with them in heaven before His birth on earth. Those angels knew the power of Jesus. He had far greater power than they. That baby in the manger was Jesus who had created the universe and sustains is.
Hebrews 1:2-3 (NLT) … through the Son he [God] created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he [the Son] sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.
Now, at the birth of Jesus, the power of God was breaking into human history in the form of a baby. The power to bring about change, to bring peace and to give hope was present in that tiny baby. For you see the baby Jesus was God Himself becoming human, fully God yet fully man. That’s what the angels were excited about. It means that the power of God has come to our world in the person of Jesus.
We need God’s power to live in today’s complex hostile world. God’s power gives us hope that things can change both in our lives and in the lives of those around us. How can you tap into the power of Jesus to bring about change this Christmas?
This morning we’re going to look at story about a woman, a woman who discovered the power of Jesus to change her life. I believe that each of us can identify with this woman in one way or another. Let’s follow her on her journey to unlock the power of God. As we do, we’ll discover 3 Keys to unlocking God’s power for your life.
Listen to or watch my December 4, 2011 message Jesus: The Power of God.