More Kingly Thoughts

December 16
She Reads Truth  emailed these points yesterday:

"Jesus' life was an act of service. His death a display of humility, and His resurrection a demonstration of power unlike anything  the world had ever seen...Jesus came in the actual flesh to rule not only mankind with justice and mercy, but also to rule the demons, the wind and waves, and even disease. Jesus came to be King—not made fit to rule because of His appearance, but because of His holiness and the ransom He paid."

We get out the nativity, we wrap the presents and we sing the carols.  Do we leave the baby in the manger, wrapped in the swaddling cloths, thinking, ah, what a feel good story and go on with life?
Or, do we remember the life of servanthood?  The teachings which were taught, the miracles performed, the healing that happened and the forgiveness and restoration that was offered.  Power beyond belief!

Does the crown of thorns come into our mind or just the sheep, the shepherds and the star the wisemen followed?  We can imagine the stench in the stable and think....gross.  But do we allow the nastiness of our sins to come into play and recognize we are the whole reason the story had to take place.

Of all the ornaments on our tree, is there a cross to remember the sacrifice which Jesus made?
I want a handpainted one of the empty tomb or one that simply says..."He is risen!" or "He paid it all."

"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is his name.'"  Luke 1:46-47, 49.