This will be the last post in the advent series, but there will be one more email.
Jesus became God with us so we could be with Him. That is wonderful.
God demonstrated His love by sending His Son to be the Savior of the world. That is wonderful.
And when we live in relationship with Jesus, the Messiah, the Christmas season is wonderful. It is true celebration and rejoicing. Because the promised Messiah has come and has brought new, full, abundant life through Him.
In Luke 1, we read a song of Mary, the mother of Jesus:
With these words, Mary rejoices. With these words, Mary celebrates. With these words, Mary praises. God has great things! He has performed mighty deeds! He has kept His promises!
There is such joy in these words. Joy founded in God’s character. Joy founded in knowing God is faithful. He will carry out what He promises.
Just before Mary proclaimed this song, Her cousin Elizabeth (who was pregnant with John, the forerunner of Jesus) had exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” (Luke 1:42-45)
Leaping for joy. Believing the promises of the Lord would be fulfilled. Rejoicing and celebration.
In Luke 2, we read the Christmas story, the promise fulfilled:
The angels declared they brought good news that will cause great joy for all the people. And what was that good news of great joy? That the Savior, the promises Messiah, had come! And they rejoiced and celebrated with praise to God, the faithful One who keeps His promises.
And the shepherds joined in the glorifying and praising of God for all they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Promises fulfilled.
Each Christmas, we join in this celebration. For we have experienced the life Messiah brings. We have seen the promises fulfilled. We know God will continue to keep His promises. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
We are the recipients of God’s promises and their fulfillment. We look back over God’s faithfulness to us throughout our lives, even in the times when we were unfaithful. And we look forward with confidence in the promises to come. The promise of a home in heaven. Of seeing face to face. Of being clothed with the imperishable.
We can rejoice in the promises kept and in those to come. We can have complete joy through Jesus. We can join the celebration any time and all the time.
As I said above, this is the last post in the advent series, but I will be sending one more email (with a video!) to conclude Wonderful. Subscribe below and watch for the email on Friday!
This will be my last blog post for the year of 2015. I’m going to spend the last few weeks moving into a new house, making and buying gifts, and celebrating the Messiah’s coming, the promises fulfilled, and the life Jesus gives with family and friends.
Have a merry and wonderful Christmas!