It’s Christmas Eve and right now it’s 5:30 to be exact. (Posted at 12 noon or so……)
I woke up with the mind to write about Jesus this morning and his reason for why we continue to receive God’s grace and mercy in the form of salvation and redemption. This is why we celebrate his birth as Christmas time every year. Having gone through in my life celebrating Christmas with my grandma as a kid with always talking about how good God has been to our family; always giving him glory and honor. Then as a adult I didn’t celebrate it because of how I’ve seen people distort the meaning behind celebrating it even being a pagan holiday. See it’s not the celebrating that’s truly the sin; I believe it is the sin in the materialism of it or the vain idolatry of wanting specific items for Christmas instead of the meaning of love, forgiveness, family, salvation & grace. We all become disobedient from adolescent to adult years.
As that old saying goes a hard head makes a soft you know what….. That meant to me you bump your head in life while growing by being disobedient to your parents, elders or to your true character God has given you to fulfill; but through those times you its allow you to become soft to the truth and/or the right things you should have done in the right manner. You’re expected to mess up because we are born of the flesh but with the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ his birth and atonement was sacrificed for our sins and fleshly desires. Jesus teaches us to be carnal to the flesh and to become anew in his spirit.
1 Timothy 1:15-17 teaches us that here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
” My dear friends, on Christmas let us seek, in the Babe of Bethlehem, the one who came to us in order to bear with us everything that weighs heavily upon us………… God himself built a bridge from himself to us! A dawn from on high has visited us. At Christmas we embrace the good news that God, in Christ has come to us wherever we are and has bridged the gap between us. He invades our prison of darkness with his light and lifts the load of sorrow, guilt, loneliness that weighs us down. His words remind us of the prophet Isaiah, who prophetically said, ” The people walking in darkness have seen great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. No matter where today finds us, Jesus has penetrated our dark world with his joy and light! Lord Jesus, we find hope and strength in knowing that your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
His grace we are living daily all we have to do is keep his word tried and true to the gospels spoken to us. Never forget to keep him at the forefront of what he wants us to strive for; Deliverance! The joy of Christmas is Jesus!
Reading: 1 Timothy 1:15-17