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Reuters News Service recently reported more foolish egomania from North Korea. Building on the ‘get your haircut like me’ directive there is now a policy that if a person shares the same name as Dictator Kim Jong Un, their names must be officially changed on birth certificates and residence registrations. The name is not allowed for newborns. This ‘focus on self’ is also seen in the Christmas story: King Herod is insanely paranoid and jealous. Herod is threatened and reacts with evil infanticide. These kind of prideful leaders are pathetic and often evil.

Now look at some other Christmas characters:
Mary has her young life turned upside down by God’s plan. She doesn’t complain, rebel or run. Her response? “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
Joseph is similarly blindsided, but neither is his response self-centred. He thinks of his betrothed and wants to spare her any public humiliation. (Matthew 1:19)
Magi spared no effort or expense to seek out and worship Jesus. (Matthew 2)

These are the behaviours of others-centred people. And in this way they model what we read about the essential character of Jesus.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be held onto, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”

So if we learn anything from the Christmas theme, apart from the incredible theology, it is this: here is a supreme example of selflessness. ‘No room at the Inn’ and no room for ego.

– Rev. D. Johns, December 10, 2014


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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