I’m going to tell you something about Christmas you’ve never heard before! No, it has nothing to do with the Donkey being a twin or Bethlehem being in Africa, it’s much more serious…with implications that are going to have you walking around this Senior High School of life like the School Prefect is dating your sister.
I heard it from TD Jakes in what must be my most impactful podcast of 2015. We all focus on Christmas being about the miraculous birth of the Messiah and the story of the ‘We 3 kings’ guys. We’ve juiced out all the lessons from the stars the shepherds saw and the Herod wahala, but there was a much bigger game plan in motion. We’re all neck-deep in secret santa and ‘akwaabaing’ the boggas and expecting 13th month bonuses and soaking in the harmattan and karaoking Carols, but oh if you only knew!
See I love chess…and all things strategy. I love it when at the end of the movie I’m like “Oooooooooo so that’s why that thing happened in the beginning, and that’s why she always had that smile on in ‘Gone girl’” So when I finally saw the birth of Jesus for what it really was in the grand scheme of things….I mellowed. KWATA KWATA.
According to intelligence report, the birth of Jesus was just the first part of earth’s biggest undercover operation of all time!
So for many many centuries after Adam and Eve put us in this…situation, all we had was some mortal High Priest to plead with God for us, and a new one took his place when he died. He’d slaughter a goat every now and then and its shed blood would atone for our sins. He was supposed to be the cleanser of God’s people, but he was limited because he was human himself. I’m told they clipped a chain to his leg so that if he died when he was in God’s presence his junior priests could pull him out. Bottom line, that arrangement wasn’t very efficient, so heaven needed an undying, unblemished, unhuman permanent option…and He was born on Christmas.
And you know how in an undercover operation the cop has to pass some wicked test to prove that he really is a crook? Like he has to shoot an innocent person or chop off his girlfriend’s finger? Well something like that had to go down and Jesus….He obliged to death on a cross. The whole time, His turning water to wine, feeding the multitude, raising the dead, etc. had made evil impatient to get Him off the face of the earth. He had done everything so they would think of His death as their victory…He set them up…and they fell for it and excitedly nailed him to the cross, and shed his blood, and finished him. Lol, but they didn’t know that God was in a way like a Ghallywood/Nollywood script writer; always with an unforeseen part 3 to watch out for.
In being sacrificed and conquering death and the grave He ascended to what the whooooooooollllee plan had been from before the angel appeared to Mary; MAKE JESUS THE MOST HIGH PRIEST. They thought He was just a Messiah that had been born, but he was a High Priest…in the making. Now He sits on the right hand side of The Father, interceding for us, pleading for us, listening to us.
He is more useful to us as our High Priest than He was as anything else. And if you can grasp the implication of having your biggest fan as the King of Kings you will have to rebuke pride and arrogance. He aint dying, and he don’t need no chain to be pulled out with in case of eventualities.
If you are not excited about this, there are at least some two thousand goats who are excited because Jesus replaced the human high priests. Someone bleat hallelujah.
This Christmas, I just want you to ponder on what it means to have your best buddy, your ride or die homie as the author and finisher of all life. Think of all the ways you can use Him and –if for no other reason kraa- start ‘ahushing’ Him for that purpose.
It all started on Christmas, when Mary looked down on her baby in swaddling clothes. She cuddled and stroked his cheeks saying “Cuchi cuchi cuchi bbaaabbeeee”, and she knew he’d be great, but she had no clue that birthing him was just step one to becoming our eternal High Priest.
If the story of Christmas is now cliché to you with the same ‘We 3 kings…” being repeated year after year and it’s almost become some necessary ritual to you, I want you to see the action film, detective masterpiece, greater-than-Clash-of-Clans strategy that went into Christmas. And guess what? It was all motivated by the desire to have you close to Him. Let it count for something! Merry Christmas fam.
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