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Matthew 6:27 ” Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “

In our minds,  we’d love to have it…the perfect Christmas, complete with bells and mistletoe, gifts and family.  But it usually doesn’t work out that way, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas stress takes over and we find ourselves focused on the wrong things.  We’re worshipping the problems by worrying…we’re devoting ourselves to a crazy schedule out of desperation…and we’re putting up on a pedestal the to-do list only we think must get done.  Quit fretting and stewing over the small stuff…Christmas will happen with or without every detail being done and it will be perfect in its imperfect way.  For if you think about it…there has been only one “perfect” Christmas…and it happened in all places –  a cow shed.

Matthew 15:27 ” Yes, Lord, she said, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

In this story, a Canaanite woman has approached Jesus asking Him to heal her demon possessed daughter.  At first Jesus is kind, but firmly tells her, “I’ve been sent to help the Jews.”  But she’s undeterred with her request, so He then says to her,  “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  For most, that kind of rebuff would have stop them…but not her!  Yes, she thoroughly understands what Jesus is saying, but she also knows that He’s the only one who can save her daughter.  It’s by her tenacity and  tremendous faith…a faith that Jesus recognizes in her,  that her request is granted.

James 2:1 ” My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”

As Christians, we are to be imitators of  Christ.  We are to follow His lead in how to deal with people we come in contact with daily.  This requirement of impartiality towards others is displayed throughout the Bible…making it very clear, “God does not show favoritism.”  Partiality  and bias are easy traps to fall into,  unless we make a conscious decision to follow the pattern of Jesus instead.   For if you boil favoritism down…all you get is the ugliness of bigotry and prejudice.

I Chronicles 16: 35 ” Cry out, ‘Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliever us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name, that we may glory in Your praise.’ “

The thread of our Lord Jesus Christ is woven throughout the Scriptures.  The Hebrew word in this OT  verse for “Save us!” is Yasa.  The personal name of Jesus comes from this root word, Yasa.  This can be found in Matthew 1:21 as the angel of the Lord is revealing to Joseph the miraculous conception of his soon-to-be wife.  “Mary will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”     “Save us!” can also be found later in Matthew as Jesus is making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the crowds along the road are crying out “Hosanna!” or “Save us!”  Jesus was and still is the Savior of our souls and the world today.

Matthew 16:24 ” Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.’ “

It was Roman custom to have the condemned person carry the cross on which he was to suffer through the streets as a means of spectacle, humiliation, and as a deterrent for others.  But Jesus is calling us to follow Him…to purposely take up and bear that figure of shame.  For on that cross our sins were  brutally nailed…on that cross our redemption was sealed in blood.  To the Romans, the cross was a symbol of  shame…but to  Believers, it’s a symbol of salvation.

Mark 3: 31-33 ” Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for You.’ ‘Who are My mother and My brothers?’ He asked.”

The crowds were getting larger and larger that followed Jesus and His disciples.  In these verses, many have crammed themselves into a private home to hear Jesus teach.  No wonder Jesus’ family sent word into the house they were outside wanting to see Him…there was no way they could get into the packed house!  When Jesus asked this question, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”  He wasn’t showing disrespect, but rather saw it as a teachable moment. The story goes on in verses 34-35, ” Then He looked at those seated in a circle around Him and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers!  Whoever does God’s Will is My brother and sister and mother.”  Jesus wanted the crowd huddled around Him to see that they were just as highly regarded to Him as part of  “The Family of God”  as His own kin were.

John 10:17-18 ” The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

By human standards it looked like Jesus had no control over His arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death.  But here in these verses He emphatically  states otherwise.  Jesus was totally in control of every detail, every minute of that horrendous event…and He still is.  When trials and tribulations come,  remember that the same control and power Jesus had over His own life is at work in yours.  Remember also,  that nothing will ever happen to you that hasn’t already gone through your Heavenly Father’s hands first.