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The insulting and amazing birth of Jesus
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
December 25, 2023

Has anyone ever offered you a breath mint? Even though they are giving you a gift, free of charge, there is something rather humbling about the offer. It implies that something is wrong with you, offensive and off-putting, something that needs to be fixed through a gift.

Christmas is like that. The angel said, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord,” and we smile in response to the good news (Luke 2:11). But implied within that good news is the sobering statement that we needed to be saved. We were in such danger that only God in human flesh—a Lord who could be touched, crucified, and killed—could save us. If our spiritual lives needed only a slight adjustment, an angel could have given us a self-improvement tutorial. But that’s not what the angel declared. God came down from heaven, the only doable solution to our dangerous situation.

I pray you are humble enough to admit that you, by nature, are so bad that you need to be saved. I also pray you realize that God, by his nature, is so good that he came down from heaven so you could be with him forever. Be humble and be happy—a Savior has been born to you! He is the Messiah, the Lord!