Luke gives us a clear and classic birth narrative for Jesus' incarnation. The ancestorial census, travel to Bethlehem, humble birth, angelic announcement, and adoration and worship by shepherds and wise men. What do you buy God, who has everything? The streets of Heaven are paved with gold, what could Jesus possible want for Christmas? There is really only one thing that Jesus wants for Christmas. Jesus wants you. Of course, He wants other people, too, but you can only give yourself. How do I give myself to Christ? I give myself to Christ by giving Him my time, my talent, and my money. I give myself to Christ by serving others instead of serving myself. I give myself to Christ by living a holy life in an unholy world. I give myself to Christ by slowing down, turning off Facebook, and spending time in His presence - listening to Him. I give my life to Christ by teaching others about Him.
What does Jesus want for Christmas? He wants you. How do I give myself to Jesus? The most practical way to give yourself to Jesus is to give Him your time. You spend time with Jesus by reading the Bible, praying and listening to Him. Another way to give your time to Jesus is by attending church faithfully. A third way to give your time to Jesus is to use your time to serve others.
Zaccheaus was a tax collector, and back in Jesus' time, they were not liked at all. Tax collectors would take a percentage of peoples income, a tax, and give it to the king. BUT, they would keep some of the money for themselves too. And sometimes, way too much! When Jesus came to his town, Zaccheaus wanted to see Jesus, so he climbed to the nearest tree. Jesus saw him and told him to climb back down the tree and Jesus invited Himself to dinner. Everyone was upset that Jesus was going to Zaccheaus' house. Jesus taught Zaccheaus the good news of the Gospel and Zaccheaus accepted Jesus as his Savior, Forgiver, and Forever Friend. As he should, Zaccheaus was sorry for stealing money and gave it back to people. He also gave away half of his wealth to people who were needy. Jesus was proud of him for that.
Jesus told the disciples to go to town and get Him a donkey. This fulfilled fulfill an Old Testament prophecy. When Jesus rode through the town, many loudly praised Him and laid their coats on the ground before Him. Jesus also healed many people and even the children praised Jesus. People asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give You praise.’” The spiritual leaders got mad. But Jesus loved it! There is something very special about the worship from children. It doesn’t matter what people say. Jesus likes it when kids worship Him!
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