Yesterday most of us celebrated Christmas in some form or fashion, what does it mean for us on December 26th? A couple of thousand years ago Jesus was born and he grew up and went to work as a carpenter with his step-dad, Joseph. Eventually Jesus went into ministry, at about the age of 30.
He declared the beginning of His ministry in the temple by reading,“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4: 18-19.
I love that passage . . . inclusion of the poor, freedom to the bound up and oppressed, sight to the blind. That’s good stuff. That’s a Kingdom declaration; a new day dawning. That’s Good News.
The words He quoted were from the prophet Isaiah who foretold of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus wasn’t just born as a nice little nursery rhyme or Sunday School lesson. He didn’t come so we could go to heaven one day. He arrived to harken and herald a Kingdom of power and change.
The evidence of the ministry of Jesus is described in Isaiah 61:4-7: “They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago . . . You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
Jesus coming to fulfill His purpose means:
- ruins are restored
- destruction repaired
- lives are changed
- Treasures, riches, double honor, double prosperity, and
How you define riches and prosperity might undergo a little adjustment, but this is good news, just the same.
Is there evidence of the Kingdom of the King born on Christmas in your life, purpose, and actions? If not, you’re invited to start living out the purpose of the King by joining Him in His ministry and enjoying the fruit of His promise. The coming of the King is great; the days following His arrival should be even better.