Christmas Letter: Powerless or Powerful?

Powerless! That summarizes the devastating emotions of

  • Government and BP officials as they tried to cap the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Relief workers as they dealt with the overwhelming destruction of the Haiti earthquake
  • Greek financial experts as they tried to stop the avalanche of debt
  • Air Traffic controllers as they sought to work around the cloud of ash over Iceland
  • Incumbents from both parties as they tried to cope with the wave of Tea Parties
  • The Iraq government as they daily faced the impact of suicide bombers
  • The 20 million victims of the Pakistan flooding who struggled to find clean water and food
  • The rescue parties which dealt with trapped miners in the US, China, and Chile
  • The football player as he laid on the ground unable to move after the huge hit

I can identify. This year my disease and lung capacity rendered me nearly powerless to do things that I had done for 64 years – like carrying a box or walking up the stairs or even lifting a suitcase. I had to learn to sit back and watch my wife, Davidene, do one thing after another that I had easily done all of our 44 years of marriage. I suddenly felt powerless to protect her or to even to do the routine chores.

Jesus Christ, as the creator of the universe and the one that holds it all together, is ALL-POWERFUL. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.”

Though by position He possessed all power, He submitted to His Father, humbled Himself, and became a human being. “Christ Jesus – Though He was God – gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Jesus Christ was not only powerless in His birth, but gave up all of His power as He faced death.

The powerful Christ became the powerless baby Jesus. He became totally dependent upon others. “She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” This is the story of Christmas, that God became man, trading His position at the right hand of the Father for a manger of straw. The powerful voluntarily became powerless that we might see not only what God is like, but have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. That is the greatest gift that has ever been given. You would think it to be impossible unless you had personally experienced the love of God for yourself.

We are thanking God for His amazing gift of eternal life
through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ,

The Humphreys

Colossians 1:15-17; Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 2:7; (all NLT)


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Christmas Letter: Powerless or Powerful?

  1. Cathy Westm says:

    HE lovingly has shown us the way to be calm in the midsts of the storm! Praising the almighty and Powerful Christ Jesus!

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