I wrote earlier about what Christmas means to me, but I forgot the most important aspect to Christmas. The true reason for the season. None other than Jesus himself. Most people only see him as the baby Jesus in the nativity scene you often find in houses on Christmas, but, did it end there? Of course not. The baby Jesus grew up and lived. He cured the sick and saved those that were lost. Then, at the age of 33, he was arrested and sent to die on a cross that he carried on his own back. Once there, he was hung up like the very baubles you hang on your Christmas tree. Only this tree did not have sparkly lights or presents underneath instead a pool of blood gathered at the foot of the cross. The only pure being in all history and he was murdered in the cruelest way possible. Jesus is the only person who knows what true, unconditional love is. He offered his very blood for us. From the very beginning of time, he knew what would happen and he loved us so much that he thought it nothing to suffer for you and me. His life was nothing to him. Our souls are of more value than any pain he went through. Now that’s love! No one can say they’d die for someone who hated them, but he did. He died for people he knew would reject him.
His death is not where it ended though. His death was only the beginning. There’s so much more to this story than just the sacrifice he made. There’s a glorious eternity that is waiting for you and me. The only thing preventing us from this glory is us. You can make a choice. The Bible calls it life or death. Deuteronomy 30:19 speaks about this very choice. There are two routes–an eternity of love and peace and an eternity of death and suffering. There’s also another reference where the choice is called the wide road and the narrow road. It’s hard walking on a narrow road isn’t it? Neither is serving Christ. I won’t try and sell you on prosperity, because being a Christian is tough. There’s a reason it’s called “the narrow road”. However, the good part is that if we stumble or fall, God’s hand is there to grab you. There are stories all throughout the Old and New Testament about people who fell while walking this road and how God caught them when they stretched out their hand and cried out to him. God doesn’t abandon his children. Again, though, it comes down to a choice. Do I want to walk this road or do I prefer the wide road? The wide road, as the Bible states, leads to destruction and there are many who choose this road.
Should you decide to walk this narrow road, there is a great victory awaiting you. I chose this narrow road and it has NOT been easy walking it, but it is SO worth it. I have learnt so much and have seen so many glorious miracles not only in my life but in the lives of those around me, too. I’ve seen a young man who was in a wheel chair get up and play rugby as though nothing were wrong with him. I have seen the Lord’s hand over my cousin who has burnt his face off that his skin was melting off, yet when you look at him nothing’s wrong except for a small scar (my father says it’s to remind my cousin of how God saved his life). These are miracles that even the doctors didn’t understand. My little brother, who they said would never walk, is running around driving us mad. Something that blew them away, but not us. We know the God we serve. He has carried us through all the difficulties that come with life. I will always love him. No one will ever be the perfect Christian, but God doesn’t want us because we are perfect. He wants us because he loves, adores, us. Jesus didn’t die because we were fabulous people, he died because we’re a right bunch of rotters. He died because he loved us in that repulsive, sinful, state. He died so that, through his sacrifice, we could be made whole and perfect. That’s what following Christ is all about–being made perfect. We are constant works in progress, but one day–one day–we will be perfect. That’s when he’ll come for us and take us home.
While you unwrap your gifts, remember the greatest gift we’ll ever be given–Jesus Christ.
I pray God bless you, all my darling avidReaders. Have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.