What does Christmas mean to you? With the prevalent commercialism surrounding Christmas season, Christ is easily forgotten in this celebration of the year.
But as for those who stick to the true essence of this season, there is no doubt in affirming, “Jesus means Christmas to me.”
The first part of this article is “The Exaltation of Jesus.” The second part is:
THE ESTABLISHED LORDSHIP OF CHRIST
Here is a question to ponder. If you know for certain that you would not fail in the future, what would you do?
Your answer to this question will reveal the condition and longings of your heart.
The fact is when people are certain of the future they would pursue their lifelong dreams without fear. They would take that new opportunity to succeed and start doing what they really wanted to do with their lives.
In other words, when a person begins to see the future clearly with healthy confidence, it will change the attitude within.
Now, my real question to us is this: If you know that Jesus is the Lord for eternity—and that future would not fail to come—would you be willing to align your attitude to that ultimate and certain future that He controls?
The truth is this. The Christmas future is sure and this future is about the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
One of the secrets of great leaders is this: the sense of humility to recognize that we are not in control of everything, much more so about the future.
So, there is a willingness to submit to the inevitable and trust in the Lordship of Christ.
The apostle Paul declares that God exalted Jesus “and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (vv.2:9b-11a).
What’s in the wonderful name of Jesus?
In the past, we learn the PERSONALITY of Jesus. Through His name there is:
- Authority for Salvation. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
- Assurance of Presence. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” (Matt. 1:23)
- Ability to Overcome Sin. “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21)
In the present, we understand the POWER of Jesus’ name.
- In Our Prayers. “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
- In Our Position. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
In the future, we see the PROMISE in the name of Jesus.
- “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do” (John 14:12).
(Do you know there are more or less 7000 promises of God in the Bible? I’ve learned this lately from my pastor.)
But here’s the problem. In the words of Jesus, He said, “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 14:6). Isn’t this true?
We constantly fail because we think we are in control of our lives. But our lives ain’t working! Don’t you think there’s a need to try something that works?
See this. If the Jesus holds the future and is certain to be declared “Lord,” the established destiny of what is to come, am I making any sense if I’m not going to submit to that? Will it work?
But people can be irrational. Despite the fact that there are some certainties in life, some people would not be courageous enough to change. They gamble. They allow their failures to hinder them or dictate their future.
They imprison themselves with fear and not be able to accomplish the goals or fulfill their mission and vision in life. Some even keep on doing the same thing over and over again—even if it does not work!
In other words, people would rather have fear and failures to be the lord of their lives, rather than have Jesus to be the Lord of their all.
Why not see the future and be willing to embrace change? Why not change and let God do the work in you, through you, and for you?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017
(To be continued 2 of 3)
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