They say that the day after Thanksgiving (U.S. Holiday) is the biggest shopping day of the year. I just let it pass me by. I am way out of step this year. Ready or not, the Holiday Season is upon us. Time to write Christmas cards, make a shopping list, do a baking marathon (or not), and make holiday plans. I have not yet gotten into the flow of the Christmas Season, but I will because it is the most wonderful time of the year when we celebrate the most important event in history: God Himself stepped out of eternity into time to redeem mankind. I know that Jesus is the reason for the season - the One foretold Who is called:
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
You may be familiar with the Christmas story: where an angel of the Lord visited a young virgin, Mary, who became pregnant (by the Holy Spirit) and gave birth to the Son of the Most High God, and called His name Jesus (Luke 1:30-31). In Matthew’s account: "Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us. " (Matthew 1:23, AMP)
The miracle of His conception and birth recorded by Matthew was foretold hundreds of years before by Isaiah the prophet:
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
What wonderful words: Emmanuel, which means God with us. That is what Christmas is all about. God came down and intervened in our lives with His goodness. Imagine that! The Creator of the universe, the One Who formed the mountains, created the wind and stretched out the heavens above us - the Creator Himself left His Throne in heaven, stripped Himself of His deity and became a man.
He who forms the mountains,
creates the wind,
and reveals his thoughts to man,
he who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads the high places of the earth-
the LORD God Almighty is his name.
The Scriptures declare, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:3) And He holds everything together.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Jesus life did not begin in Mary's womb. Jesus laid aside His Deity in Heaven and took on human form.
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
That is the miracle of Christmas - Jesus, the Messiah, came to die. How could this be? God is in the restoration business. Man lost everything when he was deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden, separating himself from God. There was no way for a just God to look at sin and continue in relationship with rebellious, fallen sons (Adam and Eve and all mankind with them).
Jesus, knowing that it would cost Him everything, stepped into the Earth realm that first blessed Christmas, to do what only God Himself could do - restore mankind to his original, rightful place in God's family. He was born of a virgin with the pure, incorruptible blood of the Father running through his veins. Then He lived a sinless life for thirty-three years until He laid down His own life on the Cross, becoming a curse for us, to pay the price for our sins (Galatians 3:13). In that one, selfless act of love, Jesus restored us to God, for those who believe in Him and receive Him as Lord of their life. Why not receive His gift of love and enjoy the purposeful life God intended for you to live?
May you enjoy the wonderful gift of Christmas - God's grace in your everyday, getting up, going to work, enjoying your friends and family life. The next time you find yourself dealing with another of life’s problems, remember that Emannuel, God is with you.
-Walking in God's grace and favor
Living Life One Day at a Time- "So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time. Matt 6:34 (TLB)