How often do you find yourself at a loss for words? For me, it is seldom. However the Holy Spirit took hold of my heart during the last few days of my advent study time, and I found myself consumed with thought and empty of words…until today.
My heart was aching at the way that the world views Christmas. All of the commercialism and focus on consumption has always frustrated me. I love family traditions and focusing on the blessings God has poured upon us. It’s the crazy rat race to find a $30 plastic monkey and people putting themselves in horrible debt to provide “the perfect Christmas” that makes me want to put on my Grinch hat.
Only once in this world has there ever been the perfect Christmas. It had nothing to do with toys or socks or even elaborate decorations and everything to do with the birth of a tiny baby who was fully God and fully man and had to come to save the world from their sins. Centuries of prophecies sent by God to His people came to fulfillment on that holy night. His has many breathtaking names: Jesus, Immanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, Beginning and End, Alpha and Omega, Master, Teacher, Savior, and Friend.
With Him, nothing is impossible. In Him, I find joy even in the darkest of times. Jesus saved me and by His blood shed on the cross, and I am forgiven and redeemed. Luke 1:30-33 tells a story of inevitability. Not possibility or even probability, but definitive completion.
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:30-33
The word will is repeated over and over again in these three short verses. It is an emphasis on the absolute nature of this prophecy occurring. Mary will conceive a child. Not possibly, could be, or probably; she will. And oh how He will change this world. That baby, Jesus Christ, from the beginning until the end of time will reign over His kingdom. If you are a child of His, forever He will reign over you.
Are you celebrating the joy found in the promises of God and the fulfillment of His word? Are you expectantly anticipating the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to claim His church? When the trumpets sound on the day He returns, will you be shouting “Hallelujah” or will you be crying because you never believed?
So many things in this season take our eyes off of God. Even the beauty of lights on a tree can take our eyes off of the Light of the Word. Today Dear One, I encourage you to choose the joy that comes only from a relationship with God. I implore you to trust Jesus Christ and ask Him to be your Savior. Those lights on the tree are beautiful this time of year, but don’t let them overshadow the Light of the World. Jesus IS the reason for the Christmas season. For this most perfect gift I could ever receive, I thank God. I pray you too will unwrap the joy found only in Him.