For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
Merry Christmas! May the joy of the season confirm the truth of the blessing we have received. Christ is born, glory to God in the highest!
The prophet Isaiah spoke of God’s promise to all of us long before Jesus came to be with us. God works on His own time, and while we may be impatient, it won’t change the eternal schedule He has set. As we celebrate His arrival this Christmas, we have been in a period of separation from each other, waiting for the time that it will be safe to gather again without fear of illness. God still teaches us patience, even in difficult situations.
The Gospel of John tells us the reason for His coming. Yes, He wants us to know Him, but He came specifically to save us. God wants us to change our hearts and lives, turning away from sin that we might live with Him forever.
May we still know the joy of His love, remembering His promise and the responsibility a connection to God through Jesus lays on us. Our situations may be different but our obligation to Him has not changed. Let us thank God for the gift of Christ in our lives and go to be the people He calls us to be.
Gracious God, we thank You for the greatest gift ever given, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless us to be a blessing to Your world. Amen.