As we celebrate Christmas with loved ones today, Miguel and I are reminding ourselves of the source of all our gladness this year and every year. Today, we contemplate the following:
With Jesus’ birth comes redemption. The immortal God as a precious, vulnerable babe so that the lost may be redeemed. All of this year’s failures and fears, all the brokenness and emptiness, all of the inadequacy and loss that stems from this sinful nature have all been redeemed by the coming of Christ. We rejoice in our weaknesses for His grace is sufficient in our every day. His saving work is plentiful enough to redeem the worst of us and in us. (Psalm 130:7)
With Jesus’ birth comes reconciliation. The immortal God came to be swaddled and carried in human arms so that we can draw near to Him. He made Himself nothing, setting aside His standing as Deity, humbling Himself to mortality so that our relationship with Him can be restored. (Philippians 6-8) His unfailing love is more than enough to restore even the most broken of relations – the most broken of which being the one between Himself and mankind. (Colossians 1:20-22) Who are we to be too proud or too right or too good to not extend the hand of forgiveness, reconciliation and love to my fellow men? The nearer we are to Christ, the more we seek the restoration of our relationships with others.
With Jesus’ birth comes resolution. The immortal God came to fulfill a promise – one that He has made again for those of us who have put our faith in Jesus. Amidst the chaos and darkness of today’s world, we take hold of the hope that is set before us, the anchor of our souls – a hope that is steadfast and one which enters within the veil. (Hebrews 6:18-19) The hope is that He will come again to us as the final resolution, an ending to all conflict that has resulted from us falling short of His glory. God never fails to deliver on His promises. We are resolved to hold on to Him until He does.
May this hope be your anchor as well, today and everyday. May it bring you and your loved ones peace and joy in this wondrous time of year and in the whole of the next. Blessed Christmas!
Lord Jesus, we await Your coming again. Our hearts yearn for You.
– miguel + louriz