It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I hope you’re all bursting with joy and good tidings to all of fellow mankind!
As children, many of us who grew up going to church were reminded every year that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” If you’re anything like me, the repetition of this message over the years made me take the radical reality of God being born in order to die in my place – to take on Himself the penalty of my sins – for granted.
This year, as I reflect on the birth of my Savior, I’m thankful for His love.
I don’t suppose anyone can ever fathom what it means for God to be born in a manger. How does one explain Almighty God descending to become a tiny infant? Is it possible for anyone to explain how God could become a baby? But He did. Without forsaking His divine nature or diminishing His deity, He was born into our world as a tiny infant.
And the baby we remember this Christmas? He is the Maker of everything. He is the Sustainer of life. His hands spun the earth into orbit and those same hands were nailed to a cross because of my sin. He is the Lover of our souls, the One who has done everything for us.
Because He was willing to die and defeat death,
I now can live.
Christmas is a time to reflect on God’s perfect plan of redemption that was ultimately fulfilled through Jesus. We have hope and we are saved because He came and died for us. The Cross couldn’t have happened without the first Christmas.
I hope this season brings you abundant joy, sweet peace, and needed rest.
Here are some beautiful words written by someone much more poetic than I:
O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.
— It Came Upon the Midnight Clear by Edmund H. Sears
I pray that today you would breath in long deep breaths of grace, that you’ll sit beside the weary road and listen. The God who sent angels to sing of His Son’s birth sings songs over you, did you know? He took on the weight of your sins so that you would be able to live in freedom. Now, if that’s not a reason for merriment this Christmas, I certainly can’t think of one.
The LORD your God is with you… He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.| Zephaniah 3:17
Much love to each one of you and merry, merry Christmas!