He Came

December 14, 2013


my hope Christmas

SCRIPTURE

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

~John 1:10-11, NASB

QUOTE

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.

~J.I. Packer

COMMENTARY

Notice two words in the text, “He came”! The essential miracle celebrated by Christians is the incarnation. Jesus is the perfect gift and God’s love is the perfect motive…”For God so loved the world”. In laymen terms, Jesus came because He cared. Sometimes nothing says “I love you” more than a personal visit. As parents grow old they have no desire for gifts; most of us have what we need and if we want something bad enough, we will find a way to get it. I was trying to decide what to get Mother one Christmas when it dawned on me that a visit would be the greatest thing I could give. That’s when I started spending half of Christmas Eve with Mother. Perhaps you are thinking, “What a pitiful gift you cheap scape.” I understand where your coming from but a visit to an elderly person on such a busy day is a treasured gift to them, especially if it’s your mother. I have to work to find quiet time, she had it all day long, every day. Lonely people love a visit because it is a graphic expression of love. Is there a lonely person that you could visit during the holidays? Many of them do not need your money: they have more than you do but they would cherish a visit. It will not cost you a dime, just a little time!

EXTRA

Statue of Wenceslas in Prague

Statue of Wenceslas in Prague

I’m sure you have heard the Christmas Carol Good King Wenceslas. What you may not know is story behind the carol. Good King Wenceslas was the Duke of Bohemia which is a part of the present day Czech Republic. Wenceslas was a twin and he being a few minutes older than his brother inherited the crown when his father was killed in battle in 922. Being raised by a Christian grandmother, Wenceslas was nurtured in the Christian faith and was an avid follower of Christ. Although his nation was pagan, Wenceslas won their hearts with his charity. It became a tradition for him to visit on Christmas Eve and the Feast of Stephen [December 26]. He gave food, clothing and even firewood to the starving peasants. His twin brother was raised by their pagan mother Drahomria and together she and Boleslaus [the twin brother] incited a pagan revolt. Wenceslas was murdered by his brother and a band of pagans while he was on his way to church. As he died, he prayed for God to forgive his brother. Wenceslas loved Christmas. The good king was known for giving the clothes off his back and shoes from his feet. His page so admired him that he would walk in his footprints as they trudged through the snow from one village to another. Wenceslas never allowed the weather conditions to stop him from his Christmas visits. One bit of good news. Boleslaus was so convicted of his evil and the righteousness of his brother that he became a believer and spent the rest of his life upholding the name of his sainted brother. The Crown of Wenceslas became the symbol of the Czech Republic.

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