Merry Christmas, former procrastinators!
May you enjoy a rich time in His presence as you celebrate. Enjoy your greatest gift.
A friend was driving the car one day when she suddenly recognized what Jesus had done for her. She said, “I realized, ‘I don’t have to try anymore! He’s done it for me!’” She felt such relief from striving to be good enough that she sobbed in gratitude and joy because the battle was over. She was saved.
That’s exactly it – the greatest gift. Jesus Christ the promised Messiah came for us. He secured our salvation by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. We have the privilege of receiving that gift because HE earned it for us. We are forgiven. We have eternal life in heaven with Him.
This week as we celebrate His coming and throughout the coming year, let’s maintain margin so that we reflect on Him and reflect Him. Allowing extra time for tasks and between tasks, we can see Him and ponder Him in our day. Allowing extra time, we eliminate rushing and move with peace that is like Jesus Himself.
He is the source of our freedom, rest, strength, and joy. Time is contained in Him.
These are sweet words for our worship and celebration of Him:
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.
Isreal’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear Desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king.
Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.
May you rest in His all-sufficient merit. A truly Merry Christmas.