Hey y'all. Merry Christmas!!
It's Christmas day (or a few days past it if you're reading this later) and I think it's only fitting to first look to Christ today. It's the day we've chosen to celebrate His birth - of course we should celebrate that everyday, but this day in particular we can pause from our day to day routine to focus on Him. I think whenever we think of His birth we should always remember why He came.
- We are sinners and are in need of a Savior.
Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
- Jesus took on flesh to dwell among us.
John 1:14, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
- He came to die for our sins.
1 Peter 3:18, "For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,"
- He came to die because there cannot be forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood.
Hebrews 9:22, "According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."
- He came as a perfect sacrifice.
Hebrews 9:25-26, "He did not do this to offer himself many times, as the high priest enters the sanctuary yearly with the blood of another. Otherwise, he would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself."
- God sent Jesus because of His great love for us.
1 John 4:10, "Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."
That's the gospel. We cannot fully celebrate His birth until we realize why He came. He came to die for our sins. We cannot begin to grasp His love until we realize how much we have sinned and how much we need Him.
Romans 5:10, "For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life."
Wow. That verse says that we were enemies of God. Yet He came to redeem us from our sins and our former way of life, to reconcile us to Himself.
1 John 4:16 (ESV), "So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
I don't know about you, but I love the word abide. I think that's why I really like the English Standard Version of this verse.
Abide means to remain, continue, to stay. It means to dwell and reside. It means to continue in a relationship.
Me? Abide in Jesus? Remain in Christ? To stay and continue on in the King of Kings? To continue in a relationship with the Creator of the universe? To have the Spirit of the Living God dwell and reside in me? I don't know about you, but when I think of that all I want to do is shout amen!
God didn't save us to leave us. No, He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants for you to abide in Him and He wants to abide in you! He wants you to seek Him. He wants for you to know Him personally and intimately.
Maybe those things sound strange to you, that God would want that. God doesn't need you... He wants you. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. I'm not sure where you are right now.... but please remember those truths.
Whew, when I sat down to write this post I had no clue it would end up being this long. But when the Spirit takes over He takes over.
I hope you have an amazing Christmas. Most of all, I hope you remember God's great love and remember why He came. Let's praise Him this Christmas and every day after!