Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas



Just as Christ came to be with us two thousand years ago, He is here with us through His Holy Spirit.  Christmas reminds us that the Lord is concerned about us and is active in our lives.  The season also calls us to care about other people and to be active in bringing God’s love into their lives.

 This is a special time of year when people seem to love each other more than at other times.  Perhaps this extra sense of love comes to us because we realize that we have been given so much.  Even most unbelievers have a feeling that much of what they have is a gift.  We Christians know that all we have is a gift from our loving heavenly Father. 

The greatest gift of all is the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.   I would have to say that the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest miracle of all.   But, if there is no incarnation and crucifixion, then there is no resurrection.  I can understand why the Father would raise His Son from the grave.  There is no way I can fathom why He would send His Son in the first place—to come as a human, to live as a commoner, and to die as a thief.  I just don’t get it!  How could He love me that much when I have sinned against Him so often?

So He came.  “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.    If I can imagine the magnitude of His love, I still cannot see how God can become a little, helpless baby and still run the universe.  But He can and He did.  He is an amazing God—big enough to rule the cosmos yet willing and able to become small for our sakes.  This is what we celebrate

During the season of Advent I am going to re-run the devotional blogs from last year.  I will try to put one up each day.  My prayer is that you will enjoy them and experience Christmas in new and wonderful ways. 

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