Celebrating the Savior

I have had the great blessing of considering Luke 2:1-21 for the past two weeks, the narrative of Christ’s birth.  Today, while amidst such consideration, something became plain to me practically.  As we enter into heaven’s celebration of the birth of the pre-existent Son, it is in fact the Son that they are celebrating and not a system of salvation.  When we compare the birth account of Matthew with the Lucan account we find something very interesting.  The invitation to this birthday party demarcating God’s salvation is extended to every person.  In Matthew’s account we discover that the assembly of the chief priests, the ruling elders of the Jews, and the scribes are made aware of it.  A king, Herod, is made aware of it.  But shepherd outcasts are invited too, as wells as the unclean Gentiles represented in the stargazing wisemen.  But their responses to Jesus are very different.  Whereas Herod responded in murderous rage at the birth of this child, the Pharisees were – at the first – indifferent.  They, of all people, should have been most excited and eager to worship Him.  But they were too busy celebrating their system of salvation and forsook greeting Him who is Savior.  This wouldn’t change over the next 33 years or so (John 5:38-40).  The outcasts of Jewish society – two women, Elizabeth and Mary, and the lowly, the shepherds, and the unclean, the Gentiles came to celebrate the Savior Himself, and in so doing entered into the eternal joy of heaven.  

The nations rage against God and His anointed; but many are also indifferent.  The world worships a system of salvation in its various forms and in so doing miss heaven’s celebration of Jesus Himself.  I wonder, though, have Christians not been lulled into the same indifference to the things of God, to their Savior?  Do we think ourselves more highly accepted by God because of a great book we have just read – or just bought, or perhaps, we have done our devotion for a certain number of days this week, or prayed a certain amount of time, or had certain high thoughts of God, or been particularly hospitable, or surrounded ourselves with the right professors and people, and thought that such things as these somehow add to the acceptance wrought for us in Christ alone, whose shed blood was the blood of God Himself (Acts 21:28)?  These things are not bad in themselves – it is good to seek them out and to practice many of these things, but as a means of jollies, and additions to original acceptance with God, they are but systems of salvation that we have aligned for ourselves in a conscious or unconscious return to the very thing that promises no salvation.  Dear family of God, let us not be like these chief priests who refuse to come to Christ to have life, who were proud of their Scripture memorization of Micah 5:2 and missed out on heaven’s invitation to the celebration of salvation inaugurated in the birth of the Savior.  Let us go and worship Him; to Him we must go, and there let us rest and celebrate Him.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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One Response

  1. I enjoy this sentiment. It is relevant also to the endless discussions and debates that those in the theological community get into. Too often the glory in the celebration of the gospel is lost in an argument about how it works. Thank you.

    I am linking your blog to mine. Hopefully a few more people will come your way, because of it.

    Bradley B.
    http://bradblackburn.wordpress.com

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