Jesus set aside privilege to come alongside us.

Jesus set aside privilege to come alongside us.

Christmas could be considered a coronation—in reverse. Jesus consented to leave Heaven’s riches to serve on Earth. Instead of claiming privilege, He took on humility.

Rough homespun cloth in the manger replaced a white fine linen robe. He traveled dusty dirt roads rather than gem-laden streets. Simple fare substituted for royal feasts.

Why would He do such a thing?


He would rather be with us than not.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV).  

We are so cherished that Jesus gave up everything to call us into the Kingdom. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening…rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV).

Just like Jesus, God will equip the faithful to be strong, firm and steadfast. We will see heaven with Jesus ruling justly. “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns” (Revelation 19:11-12 NIV).

Each soul saved will shine like a polished jewel in His eternal diadem. “You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,” (Isaiah 62:3 NIV).

Today’s prayer:

Dear Jesus, we thank You for a love so unselfish that You gave up everything to seek us out. We are sorry for the times we ignore You and overlook Your majesty. We bow our hearts now in gratitude and kneel in respect before Your righteous throne.