CHRISTMAS— THE BEGINNING OF THE END
“It is finished!” —Revelation 16:17
Jesus existed from eternity past with His Father (John 1:1; John 17:1-5). Then at Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby— “Immanuel– God with us” (Matthew 1:23). He lived on this planet for 33 years as “the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (I Peter 1:19). Then He “died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Over a period of 40 days after His resurrection He appeared to many (Acts 1:3; I Corinthians 15:5-8) and then “he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight:” (Acts 1:9). After Jesus ascended “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”’ (Acts 1:10-11). Yes, Jesus is coming back, but not as the innocent meek Lamb of His birth, life, death and resurrection while He was on Earth. No, He will be coming back as the King, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” (Revelation 5:5) and He will be coming to judge the world (Acts 17:31). You will want to be read for that time when He comes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgV0Rybx5o
Christmas— the celebration of Christ coming to this earth so we could be saved from our sins (Matthew 1:21), give us new life (II Corinthians 5:21), serve Him now (Luke 1:74), and be with Him in glory one day (John 14:1-6). So, may this truly be a MIGHTY CHRIST CELEBRATION for you today. As one has said, “The greatest gift you can receive is not under the tree. The greatest gift you can receive was nail on a tree.” Rejoice in “the gift of God (which) is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). There is no great gift that you can ever receive! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPClih1HLPg
Dear Father, thank You for the Gift of Your Son, Jesus. Oh, that I would be faithful with this Gift as You desire. May this be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.