It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is here! Although 2020 has been ‘different’—to say the least—let us do some reflection. Despite all the mess this year has brought, there is a message.
2020 has disrupted our plans, our jobs… our way of life. We were forced to slow down. This year has exposed our priorities and attitude. It has brought to light the things that we have taken for granted, such as breathing freely without a mask or just hugging our loved ones! It has also revealed how much we depend on God, or if we are operating from our own strength.
There are so many factors in our lives that we can’t control, including everything that has happened this year, but we can control our focus. This is the last month of 2020; let us finish this year strongly by focusing on the One who has begun everything. This Christmas let’s get back to what really is important.
Christmas should be all about Jesus. As Christians, we need to remain convicted to turn the tide of what Christmas is about back to what it should be all about: Jesus was given to mankind.
For to us a Child is born,
to us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over His kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
He came up into the world as a baby—the weakest being possible—in the most dreadful conditions—a filthy stable. This baby, born of a virgin, came to earth and prophecies were fulfilled.
...who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:6 -10 (NKJV)
Jesus was born to die for us. He took our sins and nature upon Himself at the cross and rose again on the third day. We then have the opportunity to be reconciled to God the Father, to receive salvation and restoration to newness of life, by faith. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life -.John 3:16
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
This Christmas, as you give and receive gifts, let us remind ourselves and our families of the greatest Gift ever given. This Gift is still working two thousand years later. And like with any gift, all God wants you to do is receive it.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. - John 10:10
Jesus came that we may have an abundant and purposeful life. When we believe and receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, our old life is gone and a new one begins. We are raised to life through Christ. His life continually flows through us and in us every day. We are now joined to Him like branches, as He says in John 15.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. - John 15:5 (NKJV)
Going into a New Season
May we go out from 2020 better than we started it. May we not get caught up with the world's standards of ‘what matters’ but fix our eyes on the One Who is the beginning and the end, our only hope, Jesus.
Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NKJV)
As we go into a new season, one where the world might be even crazier, Jesus is not worried. He sits down at the right hand of the throne of God. He is still in control, so leave all your worries behind in 2020!
Receiving the Gift
If you have never received Jesus as heaven’s Gift or want to commit your life to Him again, simply choose to believe and accept His free gift of salvation. Call upon him in prayer:
Father God, thank you for sending the greatest Gift—Jesus—to save me and make me alive. Thank you, Jesus, that You are the reason for this season. I believe that You died on the cross for me and were raised to life again. Today, I give You my life. I give You my sins and my shame. Forgive me, and I will spend the rest of my life following You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Happy Christmas and have a blessed New Year!
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