• Kent Brandenburg

Christmas: Jesus Submits to the Will of the Father

The Lord Jesus Christ had fasted forty days and forty nights, and he was tested by Satan himself to turn stones into bread. It was not the will of God the Father for His Son, God the Son, to exercise His attributes freely. Jesus came to do the will of His Father. Jesus would trust His Father. He would not serve His Father and mammon. If there might seem like a circumstance for an exception, it was this one. God the Father could sustain His Son through hunger. He would do His Father’s will no matter what, because even as Deuteronomy 8:3 says, and Jesus quoted, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The Bible doesn’t tell us to celebrate Christmas, but it is an opportunity to think about whether materials things, even necessary ones, like bread, are more important, of greater priority, than Jesus Christ Himself. What do you do? You just do what God wants you to do, which is what the Word of God says. God gives life. When we obey God, we can depend on God. God isn’t going to forsake us, like He wouldn’t His Son. We know from the Christmas story that wise men came to worship Jesus Christ as Lord and God. The angels worshiped Jesus Christ as God, exulting in the plan of God on earth. Let’s grow closer to Jesus Christ this Christmas by following His example. We’re going to focus on some material things and ways that we’re blessed physically. Let us worship and serve the Creator, not the creature, this Christmas.

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