Philippians 2:1-11; Ezekiel 20; Isaiah 49
The call of Christ; the call of the Savior is a call that begins in the Old Testament. Too often those in ancient times thought of gods being in charge of their little fiefdoms. The strength of the god was shown in how much territory they conquered. While the Jewish people were in exile God made it clear that He was The One and Only God and that His reign was to be for all people. “Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Isaiah 49:6) During this time of year we focus a lot on the birth of the Savior. One of the promises fulfilled in Jesus is this verse here. It was a truth of God that most Jews did not want to hear in the days of Jesus and it got Paul arrested during his ministry. God’s plan though, from the beginning, was that all people would see His light and turn to Him. He was planning on restoring relationships with Him from the beginning. Inevitably you will see calls to “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Perhaps we could paraphrase this verse so that we not only look at who God is seeking to reconcile, but when: “Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob during one short season of the year…You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth each and every day.’” The message of Christ is not confined to Christmas. The message of reconciliation is a message that changes lives every day. Our God is in charge of all creation. Our God reigns at all times. Let us show that restoration; let us be that light all year round.
Dear Lord, it is so easy to share Your love during this short season. People seem to be receptive to the story of the little babe born in a manger. Help me to live in Your message of reconciliation every day. Let me show others the power that has come because You restored my relationship with You all year long.