Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus is one of my favorite times of the year. The idea Father God loved us so much, He gave Jesus to this sinful fallen world is beyond comprehension. It is also an overwhelming reason to open your heart to baby Jesus.
During the Christmas holidays, we decorate our homes with lights and music in celebration of the birth of Jesus. We anticipate family gatherings and the exchange of gifts…times of joy, fun, and laughter. Our meager attempts to bring sparkle and joy into our world is only a fraction of what I believe Heaven is like. Jesus left those splendors to come to earth as an infant child. Helpless and dependent, baby Jesus began his life in a humble stable among the farm animals. He entered a world filled with sin, shame, illness, pain, and suffering. He endured the temptation of sin, suffered the pain of loss, and came through without sin. This establishes his steadfast devotion to his Father in Heaven. His death on the cross affirms his compassion and care for us.
Jesus did not come and demanded we serve him. Rather he came to love and serve us, to teach us how to please Father God by living a righteous and holy live through him. His loving kindness and consideration in dealing with our sin shows us his patience and grace toward each one of us.
In return, we praise and worship him because he loved us first and died in our place. We celebrate his birth, give thanks for his life, acknowledge his sacrifice, and rejoice in his resurrection. His life flows through my veins and I will follow him all the days of my life.
John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Merry Christmas to all, and a very blessed New Year to everyone.
Bob and Donna