Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Most Wonderful

What is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to you? Perhaps it is the birth of a child, getting married, having a loved one return home, or being saved from a near death experience. Something wonderful has likely happened to you in your life at some point.

Everyday something wonderful is happening. The various things, events, words said and written express this fact in real time. Yet, could there be something "most wonderful" that happens within the world? A pinnacle event that captures a "most wonderful" title?

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;" Isaiah 9:6a. This pre-Jesus statement made by the prophet Isaiah some 700 years before Jesus Christ would be born in a stable in Bethlehem, would rank up there as a "most wonderful" declaration. The purpose of the book of Isaiah was to call the people of God back to obedience during hard, threatening, and trying times; especially within the kingdom of Judah. The message of repentance from sin and a hope in God's deliverance echos all throughout this dynamic prophetic writing.

What this "most wonderful" Old Testament book has to do with the "most wonderful" time of the year at Christmas is God's promise to give us a son. Not just any son, but in fact God the Son. The perfect god/man Jesus Christ, who would be called, "wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This "most wonderful" event that happened; still happens every year. It shapes the calendar, the context of human interaction with one another, and the soul of all who would believe. The birth of Jesus is a "Most Wonderful" event. It transcends people, place, and position. It has the divine right to become a "most wonderful" reality of your life too.

It starts with Jesus
This wonderful birth has to be all about Jesus. In fact the Bible says that it was God's idea to send Jesus.  "And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth," John 1:14.

It requires faith in Jesus
The fact that Jesus was born in time, is certainly supported by most everyone. However, for Jesus to be "most wonderful" you have to place your faith in His appearing and the mission He was sent for. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, and that whomsoever believes in Him (Jesus) will have everlasting life," John 3:16.  This faith is more then just a mental ascent to Jesus' birth, but in fact a yielding to Jesus as king, overseer, Lord of your life.

It continues to remain wonderful in Jesus
The story of Christmas, the ability to even say that Jesus is a "most wonderful" event in your life personally is not limited to just your faith or admission. It is God's mission that Jesus was born for, and this provides all the power necessary for Jesus to be "Most Wonderful." Romans 1:17 says, "For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, 'the righteous shall live by faith."

If you happen to be in the Auburn CA area during the Sunday's of Dec. 22nd and 29th, Elevation Church invites you to come and hear a two part message series called Most Wonderful. Go to www.el-church.com for more info.