THE FAVOURITE SON
I have two sons. I love them both dearly. Neither one is a favourite. They are different from each other, they each have different strengths and powers but that has endeared them to me. I am proud of what they have done and achieved with their lives. I am proud of them as men.
Did you know that Heaven had a favourite son? Yes God had an only son, Jesus. God also wanted you and I to be his favourite children. God wanted desperately to have a large family of which he is the Father.
We, his creation refused his Fatherhood. To redeem us from ourselves he sent Jesus to restore us.
Jesus, Heaven’s favourite son, willingly left paradise and came to earth as a babe, spend thirty-three years on earth. Jesus, heaven’s beloved son, came to earth to display his Father’s lheart of love.
Satan thought he had won the day when they nailed Jesus to a shameful cross. Jesus again turned the tables and at his resurrection, took all power from Satan and made a show of him. Satan now became the one shamed, defeated, a laughing stock. ‘In this way, God took away Satan’s power to denounce you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph at the cross where your sins were all taken away.’ Colossians 2: 15. Satan was now the one who is shamed and defeated. The one whom he tried to destroy was now the supreme ruler of principalities, powers, and kingdoms on earth and in heaven.
There is more at stake than Jesus, the babe in a feed box. There is more at stake than joy, love, peace, and goodwill to all men on earth. Christmas heralded the defeat of Satan. Don’t think for a moment that we are pawns in the warfare between Jesus and Satan. No, we are the apple of God’s eye, we are gifts to God from Jesus, we are the beloved children. It is this a gi-normous love that created the warfare.
As we sit around the manger and ponder the love that sent Jesus as a babe to earth. As we yearn for God to bring heaven to earth and peace, love, joy, and goodwill to reign, let’s look below the surface at the real issues. The issues of power, authority, truth, eternal life.
Personally, I don’t think there will ever be peace on earth the way I might wish for it, but Jesus as the Prince of Peace rules my heart, and no matter what rages around me, that calmness is always there deep down, ordering my life. That is the peace that Jesus brought to earth, an inner peace that nothing can destroy.