Christmas – Chosen
Powerpoint Pictures: John Terry; Barak Obama; Daniel Day Lewis; Chris Hoy; Alexandra Burke
Can you tell me what the following people have been chosen for?
- John Terry [England football captain].
- Barak Obama [President of USA].
- Daniel Day Lewis [Best Actor Oscar Winner].
- Chris Hoy [Sports Personality of the Year].
- Alexandra Burke [X Factor Winner].
In Luke 1:26-38 we find someone who has been chosen. This person was chosen to do something really important.
In a small town called Nazareth, in the country of Israel, there lived a teenage girl called Mary who was soon to marry a carpenter named Joseph (one of King David’s relatives).
Something amazing happened to Mary. God sent an angel to her. See an angel face to face would have been pretty amazing wouldn’t it? But that wasn’t the amazing thing. The amazing thing was what angel said to her.
“Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
Mary was going to have a baby, and this baby was special. Why? The clues are in what the angel told Mary about her baby.
His name is Jesus. This name is important because it tells us who Jesus is and what He is going to do. The name Jesus means God saves. He is God and He is going to be the way in which God saves people from their sins.
He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Most High is a name that is given to God. This baby was God’s own Son who has come to earth as human baby.
He will be King for ever. Jesus is still alive today and He is ruling as King over this world. Not everyone believes that Jesus is King over this world and live their lives as if Jesus isn’t that special, isn’t that important. But one day Jesus will return and on that day everyone will see that He is King.
Mary however believed that what the angel said was true. Mary trusted God to do what He had said.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
What’s your response to the baby Mary gave birth to. Do you like Mary, trust that what God said about the baby is true? That He is God, come to earth as a baby, to rescue people from their sins (which He did when He died on the cross) and is alive today as the King of Kings. Have you responded to the King by trusting Him to save you and being willing to obey Him whatever He says?
(Photo: © Nevit Dilmen)