12 Christmas Gifts from Heaven #5 – Transformation:
“For unto us a Child is born…And His name will be called…Mighty God…” (Isaiah 9:6b).
Do you ever notice how popular stories and movies are those that tell the tales of brave warriors and super heroes? Perhaps it is because deep down within the hearts of every one of us, we’re looking for a hero. We’re looking for a Superman, a Mighty King, or some Force that is stronger than us that can save us. In the Christmas story, we have found one who has the power to change us. Jesus—the Mighty God—has the power to transform our lives! A lot of times when we think of the Christmas story, we focus on the angels, the shepherds, the wise men following the star, and the baby born in a manger. But there is another side of Christmas that is seldom talked about, and we find it in the book of Revelation.
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.” (Revelation 12:1-5).
The child in this story of course is the Christ-child, Jesus the Lord, but he is not here portrayed as a cute little baby in a manger. The Four Gospels tell us the story of, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38). First John 3:8 tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came into a dark, despairing world to bring a message of light and hope. In Luke chapter one, when the Virgin Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, Mary poured out her heart before the Lord in worship and praise, declaring God’s power and might. She said, “For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.” (Luke 1:49-52).
The purpose of God’s mighty power is to transform people’s lives. To do good. To heal people who were oppressed by the devil. To show mercy to those who fear Him. To help people and change their lives. When Jesus began to preach, He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18).
The good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people is this: The Saviour who has been born in the City of David is the Mighty God, who has the power to transform our lives. If you are poor, He has come to bring you good news. If you are broken hearted, He has come to heal you. If you are a captive to the power of sin and Satan, He has come to set you free. If you are sick, He will heal you. If you are a sinner, He will save you. If you are lost, He will find you, and love you forevermore. The fifth Christmas gift from Heaven that God has given to us is that of transformation. This Christmas Season, come to Jesus—the Mighty God—and find rest for your soul. “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zeph. 3:17).
Pastor Chris Jordan