Give Him an ‘in’ this Christmas season

FAITH & REFLECTION -- An anomaly is something that deviates from that which is considered to be standard, normal or expected. I would...

FAITH & REFLECTION —An anomaly is something that deviates from that which is considered to be standard, normal or expected. I would like to propose that the life of Christ, in this world, is one of the greatest anomalies that has ever been, or ever will be.

The Scriptures teach that Jesus created all that is (John 1:3) and that He sustains everything by His power (Colossians 1:17). Yet, when He came into His own creation, there was no room for Him. When Jesus entered this world, via the womb of a young virgin named Mary, He was “laid in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).

Three decades later the situation had not changed very much. Someone, eager to follow this intriguing Rabbi and take up residence with Him was told, “… the foxes have dens and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20)

A little later on, when Jesus was challenged on His view of taxation, He had to send His disciple Peter fishing for the tax money. The remarkable account is found in Matthew 17:24 – 27 and is well worth reading.

Shortly before Jesus was crucified, He was in the garden of Gethsemane praying. His disciples, apparently suffering from mild narcolepsy, could not stay awake and keep the prayer vigil with Him, so He prayed alone (Mark 14:37, 38).

Not only did Jesus pray alone, but He stood alone. Following the solitary garden prayer meeting, He was arrested. Not only was He betrayed by His false disciple Judas, but He was abandoned by the remaining 11. When Jesus was arrested He had no friend to stand with Him, or plead for Him. Mark 14:50 records sadly and succinctly that, “everyone deserted Him and fled.”

Jesus was taken and hung cruelly upon a Roman cross. Six hours later He cried out, “It is finished” and yielded His spirit into God’s hands. There was no room in this world for Jesus.

Jesus, following His death by crucifixion, apparently had no grave to be buried in. Borrowing a cup of sugar is one thing … but a cemetery plot?! (Of course, He only needed it for three days).

Jesus, the King of the cosmos and the Creator of heaven and earth came to this planet, and there was no room for Him. Yet, He has room for us – every one of us! In John 14:2, Jesus said that He is making room for anyone who will believe in Him.

We are entering the Christmas season when it should be standard, normal or expected that we celebrate the birth of Christ. May I suggest that you give Him an “in” this Christmas?

Just Posted

Alberta judge cleared in case where sex assault victim was shackled, jailed

Judicial council: Judge Raymond Bodnarek acted on Crown’s advice, tried to minimize victim’s hardship

Stettler Elementary getting school clubs up and running

Stettler Elementary Grade 4’s get to check out Smith’s igloo

Big Valley – A community to be thankful for

Big Valley blessed with choirs of ‘snow angels’

Judicial council finds no misconduct by Alberta judge of Aboriginal sex assault victim

Hearing after complaints of alleged poor treatment of woman with pseudonym Angela Cardinal

A Look Back – Stettler Independent Archive Files

Originally Submitted By: Margaret Connon and Mary-Jane Jackson Updated By: Landin Chambers

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates one year out from 2019 Canada Games

Community gathers at Great Chief Park to commemorate Games milestone

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Concert-goers unfazed by Hedley sexual misconduct allegations

Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked fans from the ‘bottom of our hearts’ at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5-week second parent leave: official

Goal behind the measure is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities

Notley says Alberta watching B.C. court bid closely, will get no free ride on it

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley ended the three-week ban on B.C. wine, calming the trade war

Trudeau ends troubled India trip in his comfort zone of hockey and youth

The players, 18-25, came to New Delhi from Ladakhi in northern India, as part of outreach program

Team Canada’s Dave Duncan apologizes after drunken joyride in Pyeongchang

Duncan, his wife Maja and Canadian technical coach William Raine detained by South Korean police

Stettler Regional Board of Trade announces 2018 Board of Directors

Matt Wall will serve as President for a second year

Most Read

Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.