Saturday, December 21, 2013

Steps to the Manger: Us - December 21, 2013

Isaiah 60:1(Amplified Bible)
1ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

Next week is Christmas Eve and each of us has the opportunity of visiting the Manger. Each and every year God reminds us of His mercy and grace; He reminds us of the gift He has given us in Jesus Christ stepping into the flesh of mankind. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ took on all our frailties and vulnerabilities by being born fully human. Yet at the same time He was fully divine, fully God.

We can do nothing for ourselves, that can bridge the chasm we have created between us and God because of our sins. Only through the sacrifice of the One that was perfect can we hope for eternity with our Maker. Only through the birth of a baby in lowly and humble circumstances, can we hope to be made whole again in this life, and the life eternal. Christmas allows us to pause and reflect on the wonder of it all.

As you step towards the Manger this Christmas, ask yourself if you have prepared yourself to receive the gift of the Savior. Have you accepted God's gift of freedom from sin and salvation for your soul? If the answer is "Yes", then your visitation should be one of joy, wonder and thanksgiving. If it is "No", then you must fully grasp what has been celebrated for almost two millennia. Accept now without hesitation the gift of the baby in the Manger, and make sure that you have discovered the true meaning of the season. Don't wait any longer; accept the fact that Jesus has come to this earth to free you from the bondage of your sin and wrongdoing; He is giving you the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. It is time you accept the free gift He is offering you this Christmas.

There were several steps of faith on the way to the manger, to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Each of the characters had to take a step of faith and trust to help fulfill God's plan. God's conversation with mankind, his reconnection and plan of redemption would start with these faithful servants.

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