It has always been difficult for missionary families to be together at special times for important occasions. Often hearts ache for the joy and happiness that bonds hearts and unites loved ones for special reasons and seasons.
The headmaster of a school for the children of missionaries knew that feeling very well. His parents were missionaries, and he spent many birthdays alone as well as many holidays apart from family members. He knew that one of his students, in particular, was having a difficult time one Christmas and decided to visit him in his room.
After talking for a few minutes he asked, “John, what would you like for Christmas this year?”
Looking at a picture of his father on the wall, he said, “I would like my father to step out of that frame.”
That’s what Jesus did. He “stepped out” of the Old Testament “frames” that prophesied His coming. He became the “real thing” when he walked among the people, laid His hands on the sick, and restored them to health, fed the hungry with bread that would last throughout eternity, and gave the water of life to those dying of thirst.
The Son of God willingly and voluntarily made Himself “nothing” when He assumed a human body and a human nature and became the “real thing.” Jesus is God seeing us through human eyes, hearing us with human ears, touching lives with human hands, and loving us with a human heart. In Jesus, we see God with us – Immanuel!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for sending us the “Real Thing.” Through Your Son we know how much You love us, understand us, and know our every need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Philippians 2:5-11 Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.