Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What A Sacrifice

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

23rd December 2012

Have you ever wondered what it meant for Jesus to step out of eternity and to be born so He could become one of us?

Here are some thoughts.

Jesus created everything. Jesus is the reason everything exists. He is the source of life.

‘Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’. (John 1:3-4)

However Jesus enabled Himself to become one of the tiniest pieces of life, an embryo. How big of sacrifice do you think it was for Him to do this?

Jesus formed every detail of a woman’s body, because He is the Creator.

‘So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man’. (Genesis 2:21-22)

However Jesus willingly allowed Himself to become a foetus, which is absolutely dependant upon a woman for survival. How big of sacrifice do you think it was for Him to do this?

Jesus is all-powerful and sustains everything, and without Him we wouldn’t exist.

‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’. (Colossians 1:15-17)

However Jesus willingly placed His survival and security into the arms of a young woman. How big of sacrifice do you think it was for Him to do this?

Jesus is self-existent and self-sufficient. In other words He needed no one or nothing to exist and survive. Yet He willingly positioned Himself to be born into a family that struggled financially, and would not have survived if it had not been for God’s supernatural care. How big of sacrifice do you think it was for Him to do this?

‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich’. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus dwells upon the throne of heaven, in glory and splendour, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

‘In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1-4)
‘Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him’. (John 12:41)

However Jesus permitted Himself to dwell in a feeding trough, wrapped in who knows what. How big of sacrifice do you think it was for Him to do this?

In all this Jesus came to be a servant and not to be served and to give His life to save us from our sins (Matthew 20:28). He also came to experience what we experience firsthand, so He could offer grace and mercy, and sympathize with all our human struggles.

‘For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted’. (Hebrews 2:17-18)

What does it mean to you, personally, that Jesus stepped out of eternity and was born so He could die for you? Jesus was born, lived and died on this earth because He loves us.

‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins’. (1 John 4:10)

This how much our God loves us. When you see just how much Jesus sacrificed for us in order to live on this earth for you, can you live for Him? Why not take some time this Christmas and ask Him how you can specifically live for Him?

Have a good Christmas living for Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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