Episode 2.6

Christmas day 2017 has come and gone. The baby that we celebrate on Christmas morning did NOT stay in the manger! In this final MIDWEEK WORSHIP CONNECTION of 2017, special guests POLEN BAND lead a song from their “There Is Nothing New Under the Sun (Vol. 1)” album, and Jeff shares what we know about the boy Jesus.

We’ve got kind of a special thing cooked up for you, today. Polen Band was together, practicing for the upcoming Sonlife D•Conference in sunny Orlando, FL January 9-11. While we were playing music, we decided we would just let the camera roll… So here is a song for you, “We Live (For the Glory of God“.

We Live (For the Glory of God) (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr. | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

If the God of the universe is for us
And the Spirit of the Lord is with us
If the Son has come to save us
How an we keep from singing?

If the God of the universe is for us
And the Spirit of the Lord is with us
If the Son has come to save us
How an we keep from singing?

We are, we are the children of God
We know, we know the love of our Father
Lift your voices, lift your hands up
We live, we live for the glory of God

If the Father has His arms stretched towards us
And the Spirit is alive within us
If the Son is praying over us
How an we keep from singing?

We are, we are the children of God
We know, we know the love of our Father
Lift your voices, lift your hands up
We live, we live for the glory of God

Rise up, oh church
Rise up and sing
Rise up, oh church
Rise up and sing

We are, we are the children of God
We know, we know the love of our Father
Lift your voices, lift your hands up
We live, we live for the glory of God
We live, we live for the glory of God

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Wow! Christmas day 2017 has come and gone. I hope your Christmas celebration was amazing!

Our family devotions during the season of Advent were very helpful in focusing our attention towards the reason for the season -Jesus, the Son of God, born of a virgin in a manger in Bethlehem. I feel like our hearts were properly prepared to appropriately adore Him on Christmas morning.

And it was awesome!

But the reality is that Jesus did not remain as a baby forever! Biblically speaking, we do not know much about Jesus between his birth and his public ministry, but we do know a bit. Most of what we know is found in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

We know that the shepherds came to visit after hearing from the angels about his birth.

We know that he was presented at the temple for circumcision eight days after his birth.

We know that Simeon and Anna both viewed the baby Jesus and declared him to be the promised Savior of Israel and of the world.

We know that the Magi (or wisemen, or kings, etc) came to visit him probably not too long before his second birthday (sorry if that information ruins your perfect Christmas manger scene).

We know that his parents fled from Israel to Egypt until King Herod died and ultimately wound up settling in Nazareth.

We know that Joseph and Mary were accustomed to traveling with their family to the temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Feasts, and that at the age of 12, during the Feast of the Passover, Jesus was accidentally left behind for several days. When they realized he was not with them, his parents turned back and found the boy Jesus in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

We know that Jesus, though he was the Son of God, strong, filled with wisdom, and with the favor of God upon him, went back with his parents to Nazareth and was submissive to them.

Luke tells us that Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).

This is the last that we hear about the boy Jesus. The rest of the Gospels give us a glimpse into the life of Jesus from around age 30 to 33, in which he essentially lived out Micah 6:8, made disciples who were fully trained to make disciples, glorified God, and ultimately died on a Roman cross at the hands of religious leaders for the sins of the world.

This is Jesus!

This is what became of the baby born of a virgin in a manger in Bethlehem on that first Christmas day.

But he didn’t stay in the cradle! He didn’t stay in the temple at age 12. He didn’t stay in Nazareth. He didn’t stay on the cross. He didn’t stay in the grave.

He was resurrected from the dead. He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, and even now he is interceding on our behalf and building a home for those who receive him, who believe in his name, and who have been given the right to become children of God!

Wow!

As followers of Christ, our desire is to be like him. As we quickly approach the end of 2017 and the beginning of an amazing new year, let us emulate what we have seen in Jesus.

May we desire and take the appropriate steps to grow strong, be filled with wisdom, and pray for the favor of God to be upon us. May we dive deep into the scriptures and spend time sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. May we be submissive to those whom we should be submissive to. May we trust in the provision of God. May we do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (see Micah 6:8).