8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14
I highlighted the “you’s” in this scripture to illustrate why God sent His son.It was for YOU.God loves us so much that He became flesh.John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.”In Jesus, we see the glory of God’s grace and truth.
John 1:17 goes on to explain that “the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.”So God came – Jesus was born – not only to show us His grace but to give us His grace.He wants us to receive it and experience it.
This Christmas, experience this grace.This grace that forgives all of your sins and takes away all guilt.
He came to earth for you.And, He loves you more than you know.
Have a joy-filled Christmas.May peace and love be your portion this holiday season.
Has quite the heart.And, sometimes, he amazes me with the bits of wisdom that oozes out of his little spirit.He must get it from his momma.Or his daddy.Or his other daddy.
At the dinner table, John Henry asked, “It’s Jesus’ birthday.We have to get Him a present.But, He has everything.What do we get Him?”
I responded, prepared to give him Mommy’s wisdom, “Do you know what Jesus wants more than anything?”
And, before I could answer my own question, John Henry said, “He wants our heart.”
I was going to answer with “love one another.”He answered with the greatest commandment.
Our heart is where our treasure is.It’s where we invest the most time and energy.It’s where our first dollar goes.It’s in our daily routine.
There are times I am quite certain that Jesus has my whole heart.Other times, I give Him just a wee bit, because I’m busy with less important things like my recent Twilight Saga addiction.Which, of course, has been a catalyst for me asking Kris various questions about vampires, and Kris responding with “You do know that vampires aren’t real.”Then, me assuring Kris that if he were a vampire, I would want him to bite me so we could be together forever.
It’s all very sick.I love it.
Back to you, God.
But, He wants my wholeheart.
More than anything.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.Matthew 22:37-38
Anna tells me a bedtime story every night.E.V.E.R.Y. N.I.G.H.T.I know it’s coming as soon as I say prayers and tuck her in.If I can be honest, there are many nights I just wish she’d say goodnight after I say “Amen.”But, how many more nights am I going to have a sweet, half-Scandinavian blonde telling me bedtime stories?
Anna’s latest stories comprise of the adventures of God and Jesus.Kris and I have come to refer to these stories as “The Dynamic Duo” stories.In one story, God and Jesus flew an airplane together.In another, they killed a bear.Hey, they’re God and Jesus.
The other night she told me this story.I went to get my video camera and asked her to repeat it.You can tell by her calm, poised demeanor that she was very aware that she was being videoed.But, I had to share the story, her story, nonetheless.
Even a three-year old knows the mighty power of God.Because, if Chucky Cheese was closed, they could go under it and still play games.
You see, nothing is too big for Anna’s God (and Jesus).How big is He to you?
We often hear about how we need to pursue Christ.And, we do.But, the other day I read this scripture in the New Living Translation, and I was blown away.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.Psalm 23:6
I’ve read and heard this scripture a gazillion times.For real.I’ve usually read other translations that read “will follow me” instead of “pursue”.For all practical purposes, they both indicate the same thing, but the “pursue” really caught me off guard….in a good way.
How beautiful that the Creator of the Universe pursues you and I?No where before or after this scripture does it say that it is conditional.But, it does reveal that it is constant.This amazes me.Makes me wonder what would happen if I turned around and ran into Him.I bet that upon the first breath that comes out of my mouth when I call His name, He immediately puts His nose to mine ready to listen.I bet that if I’d sit silently and look intently back at Him, that He’d speak to me….maybe even reveal some sort of mystery.
His pursuit is constant.All the days of your life.In terms of romance novels, this one beats all – except it isn’t fiction.
He is pursuing you and I right now.I’m thinkin’ I need to slow down and spend some time with Jesus.I’m thinkin’, maybe, I should turn around and run into His goodness and His love.What about you?