During the weeks leading up to Christmas, I had hoped/planned to write some Christmas posts; Jesus birth, the angels singing, the beauty of it all. But a touch of sickness, mixed with a dose of computer problems, topped with a complete lack of inspiration made for some great difficulty in writing at all.
I absolutely love Christmas; the music, the decorating, the shopping, the gift-giving, the family gatherings, the baking. But although I love this time of year, inspiration has been absent. I didn’t want to not write at all, so instead of a series there will be this one post about Christmas.
My two favorite passages of Scripture that speak of Jesus coming to earth don’t really speak of His birth. At least, not in the virgin-Mary-angels-visiting-shepherds-hearing-the-good-news sense. But both speak of what Jesus coming means for us.
Jesus came as light and life. Jesus is light and life. Light that penetrates and transforms dark hearts so truth can be seen and love can be expressed. Life that breathes into deadened hopes and causes to thrive the once crushed and oppressed.
These two passages from God’s Word are descriptive of the character of Jesus, and in His character we find many promises for us:
By His Spirit, Jesus reveals truth to us, so we may know Him more and live by His truth. There are so many lies we fall for… you’re ugly, you’re worthless, no on loves you. And when we begin to believe those lies, we succumb to sin and are enslaved. The truth found in God’s Word and taught us by His Spirit defeats the lies that attempt to entrap us.
Jesus is all-powerful, sovereign, creator, ruler and sustainer of the universe. There will come times in life of stress, when we feel overwhelmed and confused, when we ask “why?”, when we wonder if we can take another step, when we wonder if we really can resist temptation. But we can rest knowing Jesus is in complete control and by His power we can overcome any hardship.
Jesus is personal, intimate, loving, caring. He provides and protects. He disciplines and helps us grow. He showers us with blessings and lavishes us with gifts. Any feelings and fears of loneliness, rejection and abandonment He longs to wipe out of our hearts as we live in His presence and embrace.
Prince of Peace
By His life, death and being raised to life, Jesus made the way for us to be reconciled to God; for there to be peace between our spirit and God’s, that we may live by the Spirit. It is when we walk in step with God’s Spirit that we may have peace in life, even when life gets crazy, busy and less-than-ideal.
Children of God
When we receive Jesus and believe in His name, we become children of God. In being children of God, we share in the inheritance of Christ and we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. We can rest in the character and promises of Jesus. And we are to share His light and life with those around us.
You know that saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season”? It may be somewhat cliché, but it is also true. Jesus is the reason for Christmas. Jesus is the reason for life itself.