Let’s role play. I am asking you this question: So, who exactly was Jesus anyway?
How do you answer? Could you answer sufficiently with one sentence and not be wondering for days if you said enough? Could you even answer it in a short paragraph? Is it an answer you can even pre-plan?
During the Christmas season, you might have a rare opportunity to share the hope that you have with someone new. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
“…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” 1 Peter 3:15
In context, that verse was speaking of using opportunities of persecution to share faith. But the truth is, persecution is not the only time we miss golden opportunities. Many times we are so wrapped up in our own lives that we don’t see others as Christ does on an every day basis; which brings us full circle back to the first question.
Who was He anyway? The song at the end of this post is based on the hymn “What Child Is This.” It eludes to what we are talking about here. Not just Christ, the baby; but Christ, the Savior of the world. We see a baby, but He was/is the son of man AND the son of God.
The man, who had human compassion on the crowds and fed them as the supernatural being He also was. The man who wanted to share healing with all, but loved enough as God to offer complete healing of the soul as more important. The man who conquered His selfish desire to run from the pain when sacrifice of His dignity and life were required to achieve fellowship with His creation.
This holiday season, as you sing and listen to all the songs of Christmas, take the time to reacquaint yourself with who Christ was while He was here, and why He came. Look at the contrasts of His life as God, the divine being, and as a man, born of human frailty. Although you can’t pre-plan every detail of your opportunity to share Him with others, you can feed your spirit man Words of scripture from which to draw. Use this time of focus on Him, as God and man, to give you fuel for that fire. When the time comes, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say to share your faith. (Exodus 4:12; Luke 12:12)
Here is the Advent reading for this second week.