What are you getting from Christmas (2 of 5)
When we focus on what we are getting for Christmas, we don't get anything from Christmas. Jesus birth allows us to get 5 things from Christmas.
Beginning with freedom from performance, we can also add freedom from oppression. Bondage is another word for oppression. The picture of bondage is no matter how hard you try to love God, there is always something oppressive that weighs you down to convince you to conclude "what's the use?" Jesus gives us another definition for "what" in what the use?
God sent Jesus into the world at its worst. Politically, Caesar was Lord, Herod was reigning with corruption, and Pilate couldn't have cared less. It was Pharoah all over again - but worse.
It was the worst of times!! But look!! Look what God did then. His purpose invaded the world in the flesh. When we thought it was no use, look what God did!! Above all else, through Jesus he gave us a model of how to live above the oppression of the world. God gave us a new what!! Freedom.
It is essential for us to remember that Christmas means that governements are on His shoulder! He is Lord. If God did that then - what do you think he is up to now. Freedom.