The December 15, 2015 issue of The Standard Bearer (the last of 2015!) includes a timely Christmas meditation by Rev.R. Van Overloop, pastor of Grace PRC in Standale, MI.
Today we post part of it here, encouraging you to read all of it if you are a subscriber – and if not, to become one by visiting the “SB” link above. There is plenty of other great reading material in this issue, and in every issue of the “SB.”!
Here is part of pastor Van Overloop’s meditation on Luke 2:1-7:
What significance can be drawn from this description of the birth of the Messiah?
It is God’s will that the description of the birth of the promised Messiah forcefully convey His true humanity. He was very real man, body and soul. His birth was like that of every other human. In addition, this description of the Messiah’s birth powerfully communicates His humility. He “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7).
He came into the world that did not welcome Him. There was no room for Him. There was no reception – no baby shower. They did not want Him. He came into the world and the world knew Him not (John 1:10). He came unto His own, and His own received Him not (John 1:11).
He was rejected! The powers of spiritual darkness hated and despised Him. The world did. Herod was Satan’s instrument to attempt to kill Him (Matthew 2). And the church of His day did. Also the church of our day has nothing to give to Him or to help Him. And that is the way God would have it, for no power, riches and glory of this world could aid Him in the establishment of His kingdom. No amount of good works can help Him. His abject poverty represents our complete spiritual poverty: we are dead in sin and misery. We have nothing to contribute to His work of saving His people. No one and nothing can aid Him in the work of redemption!
This description of the Messiah’s birth declares that it is all of Him Who gave His all to accomplish the work of redemption. The Person of God the Son entered into sinful flesh and was laid in a manger with absolutely nothing of this world. “Though He was rich, for our sake He became poor, that you, through His poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9). In this way He brings the perfect sacrifice of Himself for our sin and delivers us from all the dominion of sin. He fights His way into righteousness and life by the power of His grace.
This is the way the life of the Savior (from sin) begins! He even must and does make room for Himself in the hearts of those given Him of the Father. By the irresistible power of His grace He accomplishes everything that is necessary to save His people from their sin.
Thus all the glory is His! Praised be His name forever and ever!