Max Lucado: I think the World is hungry to hear what makes the birth of Jesus so special from any other theological paradigm


Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Important Takeaways:

  • Pastor and author Max Lucado believes there’s a profound “uniqueness” at the heart of the Christmas story that sets it apart from any other theological paradigm.
  • “The uniqueness of the Christian faith is that we believe in a God who came to us before we went to Him,” Lucado recently told CBN Digital. “Every other theology, philosophy, every other approach to God says, ‘Do this and maybe God will notice you or accept you.’ It’s a relationship based on performance.”
  • But when it comes to Jesus and the Christmas story, the preacher said we’re very literally celebrating a God who chose to come to us before “we even knew we needed him.”
  • “He was here not in the form of a volcano, lightning bolt, or angry prophet, but He was here in the form of a baby, He was here in the form of an embryo, He was here in the form of a seed,” he said. “And He could not have condescended more, He could have not have gone further, and not only that, He was born in humility, not born in a castle in Rome, or some villa in Greece, but He condescended himself to the home of a simple carpenter.”
  • Beyond that, Lucado noted Jesus’ decision to live in “obscurity and anonymity” for the first 30 years of His life, pointing to Jesus’ humility and grace as other powerful differentiators of the Christian faith.
  • “He is the picture of grace, God entering our world, finding us, seeking us out,” he said. “And so I just never get tired of that story. I love telling it. I love hearing it. I love looking for new ways to share it.”
  • “Given what the world is going through right now, don’t we need a reminder of a God … who comes looking for us?” Lucado said, calling the state of the world “fragile.” “I think the world is hungry.”

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