Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Gift that Was More than Enough

Not enough. 

Whether there's not enough money to pay the bills or not enough food to feed hungry children, not having enough can be a terrible problem. Isaiah 49 tells us  that God experienced a type of "not enough" situation.

This is a Messianic passage in which God says (Leanna paraphrase), "Sending Jesus for Israel alone is not enough. Restoring the preserved tribes of Jacob is not enough." 

If the Messiah was to be sent as the sacrifice for Israel's sin (and He was), it would be a HUGE price to pay. Justifying that sacrifice would require an enormous gain. Israel alone, though dearly loved by God, would not be enough.

"He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light to the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth." Isaiah 49:6 nasb

In a way, our Triune God was saying, "If We're going to pay this price for sin, let's make it totally worth it by paying for the sin of everyone. Gentiles and pagans, too."

The plan was that Jesus would be a light to everyone, and His salvation would reach to the remotest parts of the earth. If Jesus had just come for Israel, I'd have been left out. This verse reveals the provision made me for. For you. 

"Let's save them all." It's how our redemption was possible.

Ponder that for a minute. Jesus is the light to the nations that redeemed the ones who didn't even know His name. 

As we celebrate this Christmas season, let's remember that it's not about the boxes under the tree. It's about the Broken Body that redeemed us. 

Today, let's live as the redeemed who have been purchased by the Price that was More than Enough. The Blood of Jesus. 
In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Reward that Came in the Most Unlikely Way 

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