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Because He was Born James Loftin

By James Loftin 

December 2013

 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

-- Isaiah 9:6 -- 

 

Inspired by the Holy Spirit almost seven hundred years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah described the coming Messiah of the Jews and the entire world with shocking words. Words that were wonderful but difficult to believe. Words that had never been used to describe anyone. Words that produced hope. Words that would prove to be true although an understatement of the Son of God born in Bethlehem.

 

Speaking of Nelson Mandela, this morning Matt Lauer asked, “How many people can say a nation changed and the world changed because I was born.” I can think of One.

 

The leaders and beneficiaries of apartheid greatly underestimated Mandela. Who has underestimated Jesus?

 

The Magi
Herod
An innkeeper
Shepherds
Mary and Joseph
Jesus’ siblings and neighbors
The disciples
Jewish leaders
Pilate
Roman leaders and soldiers
James Loftin 

 

We mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, but the world lost another great servant yesterday. I am thanking God for the life and witness of a Christian worker that was shot and killed in Libya. Ronnie Smith was serving Christ and the people of Libya as a teacher. He did not underestimate Jesus or the global impact one life surrendered to Him can have. Ronnie’s life honored Christ as Lord. Ronnie’s life made a difference.

 

Consider this Christmas challenge. We do not fully appreciate who Jesus is until we worship Him as Savior and follow Him in ministry as our Lord. It is one thing to be thankful that my sins are forgiven. It is something else to participate in God’s mission to bring freedom to the entire world. "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others" Mandela.

 

Wondering what you can give the Christ Child for Christmas? Give him your heart in worship and your life in ministry to lost and hurting people near and far.

 

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

 

 

Because Jesus was born, I have abundant and eternal life. Because Jesus was born, there is hope for the world. Unfortunately, over 2 billion people still have not heard of the Christ Child. Let’s do something about that as a way to celebrate the merits of the Messiah as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

James Loftin is the founder and president of FollowOne International. Over the past 25 years James has served as mission pastor in three congregations and as the director of missions at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando. James and his wife Carolyn have three adult children and four super grandkids. James and Carolyn live in Winter Springs, Florida.

 

Previous posts related to Christmas  

Top 5 Reasons for Giving at Christmas • Top 6 Not-so-Good Reasons to Give • Remembering the Most Poor People• Giving Like a Wise Man (Seven Keys to Giving Wisely)

 

Cruciform Music — This Month's Featured Song

This month’s featured song is In the Bleak Midwinter performed by Jars of Clay Watch and listen here or purchase the song online.

 

 

 

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