Thursday, December 24, 2009
1 Peter 2:24
He Himself bore our sins, in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.
Christmas Eve is right around the corner. There is lots of excitement building. John and I are planning on sleeping in, opening our gifts to one another, and enjoying a homemade brunch together, before heading off to spend the holidays with family. There is so much to be grateful for. So much to find joy in.
This is Christmas. Or is it? You see, for so many of us, Christmas has lost it’s sacredness. It’s lost it’s awe. It’s lost it’s meaning in our lives. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s wrong to celebrate our holiday traditions, to enjoy friends and family, to attend Santa-themed parties, exchange gifts, and enjoy delicious food.
But we are missing so much by forgetting the foundation of these joys. I was reminded of this last weekend, preparing for our Bible Study small group. We have been going through the book of John and our Christmas study happened to land on John 19- the crucifixion of Christ.
To be honest, I’m not really accustomed to reading about the Crucifixion around Christmas time. Frankly, we save that for Good Friday. How silly we are to compartmentalize our Lord in that way, yet we do.
Reading about the crucifixion that day, there was something sobering in remembering that this was the reason Christ was born. There was something sacred in realizing that this was the intended end when baby Jesus entered into our world. This was the purpose. This was the intent.
Though Jesus gave His life on the cross that day, in reality, He had given his life 33 years before. He had already given it the instant he received it- the moment of his precious birth.
This Christmas, I challenge you to truly contemplate the gift of Christ. This Christmas, as you gather around your tree, I challenge you to stand in reverence as you worship a Lord who humbled himself and hung on his tree in order to bring salvation. This Christmas, I challenge you to consider the means by which you have been saved, the life that was given for you to truly live, and the wounds that were inflicted allowing us to be healed.
Lord, more than anything else, we thank you for the gift of Christ.
Lessons Learned by Debra Fileta at 12:33 AM