14 Dec The Presence of Jesus
Celebrating What We Have Not Seen:
As I sit and write this blog post, I am thinking about the Christmas season we are in. I find it very interesting that there will be billions of people celebrating the birth of Jesus in one form or another. Not one of these individuals has ever seen Him with their own eyes, yet they believe. This reminds me of when Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29. We are all living testimonies to these words and no true follower of Christ would deny this spiritual principle…(at least I hope not). For over 2,000 years, all those who have come to faith in Christ, never with their own eyes have looked upon Jesus. From our Lord’s own lips, we are called, “blessed” because of the miracle of faith that God has wrought in each of our hearts.
Blessed to be a Blessing:
Now that we have established we are blessed because we have believed without seeing, I want to explore our responsibility for this great gift of being “blessed“. While it is true, that this blessing stems from the love of God for His redeemed, it is also true that for us who have been counted worthy of this gift, have a global responsibility to share it. We should all be familiar with our Lord’s command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19. These words are still valid for the blessed of God today. We are called to share the blessing of seeing the living Christ with those who have yet to see Him. In other words, we are “blessed to be a blessing”.
The Unseen Have Not Seen:
This Christmas as you rightly celebrate the coming of Immanuel, take a few moments and think about these facts. There are over 3,000 unique people groups that have zero disciples of Jesus. These same groups have zero churches among them…and…zero scriptures in their native heart language…and…zero access to the Gospel of Jesus. For the most part these people groups are “out of sight, out of mind” to the Church at large. This is a tragedy. Considering this troubling truth, the very reason these unseen peoples do not celebrate the birth of Christ, is simply because we, the Church, have not gone to them.
The Torch of Belief:
Think about this. Before you called on Jesus to save you, you had to believe. Before you believed, you had to hear the Gospel. Before you heard, someone had to preach. Before they could preach, they had to be sent. Our blessing of belief has been birthed out of this God ordained methodology. And now that we have the gift of sight and this Gospel has been passed onto us, we now bear the sacred torch that must be passed onto all people groups. This is our mission. This is our calling. This is our “blessing”.
Finish the Mission:
We celebrate Jesus because we are blessed to do so. We must come to an understanding that there are still thousands of people groups that remain unseen and we are called to pass the blessing of the gift of faith onto them. These truths need to be understood in order to complete the mission that Jesus gave His Church to do. So as we gather with our families, open presents and celebrate the birth of our Saviour, let us remember that the true Spirit and Season of Christmas actually lasts all year long and it will, until we finish living and giving out the “Presence of Jesus” to all peoples.
Prayerfully ask God how you can help to give sight for the unseen so that they too can celebrate the birth of a Saviour.
For God’s glory, the making much of Jesus and the joy of all peoples,
Ellis Lineback, Director of SEND MEdia