Jesus has come, we’ve celebrated, and now…what?
Well, that depends…
IF you believe that Jesus was ‘the Christ Child’ and part of a beautiful story, but that is all, then…nothing!
Put the manger scene away for another year. See you in 11 months.
But, IF you believe (as I do) that Jesus the baby in the story was really Emmanuel–God With Us, then you know that He grew, He lived the perfect life, He represented the Father to everyone, He taught with the ultimate words of Truth, He willingly gave His life to pay for our sin, and He was raised to Eternal Life, Then… GREAT stuff is ahead!
IF you believe that, then you know that He offers you that same Eternal Life, by faith in Him.
He said: “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not die, but have everlasting life; for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world–through Him–could be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Paul wrote that “It is by Grace that you have been saved, through Faith–and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not a result of your good works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
By Grace alone, through Faith alone, In Christ alone!
Now we can have LIFE!
Life as a promise for eternity, and Full Life in the here-and-now. All of it comes through our ongoing relationship to Jesus.
He’s the Gift that keeps on giving–literally!
It’s like a couple of the more famous Christmas carols say: “Let every heart prepare Him room…”, and “mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die; born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth…”
Today, YOU can reach out and receive that life…and Christmas can continue!
Consider and Discuss:
Have YOU, personally, ‘received your King’, and ‘prepared Him room’ in your heart?
If not, what’s stopping you?
Has your faith helped you to experience “Life—to the Full” (John 10:10) this year?
If not, why not?