I love CWMs and have for many years. When I started this website
many years ago there were no websites to support CWMs and plenty
of websites to support Christian stay at home Moms. Now, I see a
few websites cropping up to encourage CWMs. I pray that means we
are no longer invisible. Over the years I have written several different
articles about Christmas. You can find them at www.christianworkingmom.com
click on Free Articles or the Archives button to find out more.
May I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas where Jesus Christ
is preeminent and worshipped in your home.
Article- Why did Christ come 2,000 years ago?
Every year at Christmas we focus on the birth of Christ. We also
reflect that Jesus came to earth specifically to die for us. Jesus
paid the penalty for our sins so we could stand before a righteous
God and be perfect due to Christ work on the cross. We all know
the Christmas story very well, but I want us to think about it a
little differently this month.
Have you ever wondered (or is it just me) why Jesus came at the
specific point in time that He did? I know the theological and easy
answer is that it is when God ordained for Jesus to come to earth
and God is sovereign. That is absolutely correct. Can you imagine
what it was like for Jesus to leave heaven in all its glory and
come to earth at a time that was filled with poverty and truly difficult
living? Jesus didn’t come to earth during the technological
age or even when there was indoor plumbing. He left a glorious perfect
heaven to come to earth at a time that had no modern conveniences
that we have today.
Why would Jesus come when the world was so undeveloped, had little
if any education, and no way to even publish the Bible or other
book? No one knows the mind of God so I’m carefully sharing
my thoughts. Here are a few of my thoughts and I would appreciate
you sharing yours as well at the CWM blog, http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
- Even today a huge number of people live in abject poverty all
around the world. Often people in poverty understand the parables
Jesus taught much more than those of us who have more. Jesus humbled
himself and became one of us, even one of the poorest of us. All
Jesus owned when he died was his clothes.
- Some of the apostles had some education, but several were fisherman
with little or no education. Jesus was able to use these apostles
to change the world. Also, these apostles knew they could not
do things in their own strength and had to rely on the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus specifically challenged the prevailing view of how to
treat women. He lifted them up and included them when he was teaching.
He elevated women.
- Jesus came at a time with very few outside distractions compared
to now. Can you imagine Jesus trying to teach the apostles while
they were checking their Facebook page or a text from a friend?
- Jesus’ physical features were not described. People were
not drawn to Him for how he looked, but for Who He was and what
He did. In other words, He didn’t have to have a face for
television. Didn’t need make-up for his appearances. People
got to know Him by His perfect character and His words.
I’m sure there are many more reasons that you can come up
with that I did not and I would love to hear them. The biggest point
that stands out to me is that Jesus came in a time of history where
truly everyone could relate to him: rich or poor, educated or uneducated,
beautiful or not so beautiful, and many more. Jesus truly reached
out to everyone. Jesus also reached out to the people that society
had shunned and lovingly met them where they are.
On a personal note, I have always been glad I was born when I was.
I can’t imagine having children on a dirt floor in a remote
village somewhere instead of a hospital. I’m thankful for
modern conveniences. Yet, my Savior left the glory, wealth, and
beauty of heaven to be born in a time that had immense poverty compared
to the riches of heaven. He humbled himself and became a servant.
We are always thankful for our salvation and should be every day.
I’m also thankful that my Savior humbled Himself to come to
earth and live among men. Praise God!!
Have you started any Christmas traditions that just your immediate
family share? Give some time and thought about Christmas traditions
you want for your children that will point them to Christ not just
as Christmas, but all throughout the year.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the
author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an
online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by
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