“Grace is an outrageously relational term.”
– Dr. Ed Khouri
“How is the indwelling Spirit not relational?” – David Crabtree

Happy Christmas 2021 – Celebrating Jesus, Celebrating Grace!

Christmas – We’re celebrating much more than just the birth of Jesus.

Jesus was born to rule a never-ending Kingdom, a Kingdom made up of human-folk He came to save. His birth is absolutely worthy to be celebrated, but He is more than a baby, He is now a resurrected, conquering King!

As the angel said,

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” …for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 
– Luke 1:30-37 (NLT)

Everything about Jesus, His birth, His death, and His post-resurrection life is supernatural, otherwise Christianity is a most useless religion. – David Crabtree

A prophet, centuries before Jesus’ birth, predicted the “first Christmas” by emphasizing the character of Jesus’ rulership.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
– Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)

Christmas is all about the birth of a King who is eternal and supremely powerful. 

Isaiah said (see above) that this King would have the “government on His shoulders.” In other words, He would get to rule over the whole earth.

The Apostle Paul had a major encounter with Jesus which radically changed his life. Paul said all he ever taught from then on was revelation given to him by Jesus Himself. Worthy of note.

Paul states…

“Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
– Ephesians 3:2-9 (NIV)

The Gospel is The Good News of Grace in the new Kingdom of God.

The “Administration of Grace” is the Government of Jesus. A Government of Grace, His empowering presence.

Christmas is therefore a time to celebrate and announce yet again that the Kingdom (Government) of God has now come to earth.

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
– Luke 2:14

David Crabtree
Author: David Crabtree

David has spent more than 30 years in Senior Leadership, and is the founding senior pastor of DaySpring Church (Sydney) where he led for 27 years. He is currently living in Highlands Ranch (Denver), Colorado where he is a teacher, preacher and author. He is married to Narelle (also a senior pastor) and has 2 children with 6 grandchildren. Life's good! David and Narelle are also members of the Bethel Leaders Network (BLN) and have a role as BLN Builders.

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