Christmas is more than a sentimental mythology. It’s a stunning act of humility and love for God step out of heaven and into our world in order to win our hearts. He didn’t come to dazzle us with His raw power, but instead He came to offer Himself for us. For God knows that all the power in the world cannot unlock the human heart, it has to be opened from within.
What is the secret to living the Christian life? Is it about trying harder, being more committed, or becoming more disciplined? None of those things will lead to the life that Jesus promised us — a life of genuine freedom, holiness, and joy. That life can only be found by learning to abide in Jesus.
Sooner or later, everyone will wrestle with disappointment with God. But how you handle that disappointment can be the make or break of your relationship with Him. With the story of Lazarus, Martha and Mary overcome their profound disappointment and choose to trust Jesus, paving the way for one of the most dramatic miracles in the Bible.
There are many doors that we can walk through to try and get to God, but only one will actually lead to him, all others lead to destruction.
Jesus used the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep to illustrate His relationship with His followers. Jesus highlighted the shepherd’s deep connection with his flock and his willingness to sacrifice himself for their wellbeing as an everyday illustration of His love and willingness to sacrifice Himself on the cross.