Merry Christmas, former procrastinators! Let joyous carols ring! Praise God for keeping His promise and sending His Son to make us right with Him. Our Savior here at last! What glad rejoicing!
We also praise Him because we have the privilege of knowing there’s more ahead.
The Christmas story is beautiful. Yet If our understanding of Jesus is limited to the babe in the manger, we will not be able to draw close to Him because He came for more. He taught truth as no man ever did, performed miracles only God Himself could do. He sacrificed Himself as payment for our sins, then rose from the grave victorious over death. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us, and at the same time lives in us by the power of His Holy Spirit.
We’ve all admired someone from afar and thought he was great – until that impression shattered when we got a longer exposure and a closer look. With Jesus, the longer we know Him and the closer we get to Him, the more we realize how truly wonderful He is.
He becomes sweeter, wiser, more beautiful, more comforting, more healing, more powerful with each day of our growing fellowship. To leave the crowd behind and push up near to Jesus Christ is to lead the most amazing adventure. What puny hindrance appears to me so large that I choose to delay following Him up close?
God kept His promise. He sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself because we are unable to make ourselves good enough. Through Jesus He brings us into a relationship with Him. Then we get to grow in fellowship together.
“Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:7-8 (NKJV)
The most amazing thing about the Christmas story is that it is just the beginning.
Glory to the newborn King!
What hindrance will you overcome so you can praise Jesus by drawing close to Him?