Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Word Walks Among Us - December 27, 2014

John 1:1-5;14 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

As you read the daily headlines, about the current assault on many Christians in the third world that risked their lives to celebrate Christmas, one wonders if we would risk our lives and well-being for the sake of believing in Jesus Christ, God becoming a human being and sacrificing himself for our sins on our behalf, to reconcile us to Him.

We in the Western church, especially in America, really take Christmas and Christianity for granted. There are countless believers in other countries around the world that had to celebrate Christ's birth in the shadows, offering their worship and praise in the face of strong opposition. Would we be be so willing to participate in the Christmas celebrations that we do, if we knew it would mean certain death or imprisonment?

As we pack up the trees, decorations, garland and nativity sets, after spending time with family and friends celebrating the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ, let us truly understand the immense and amazing reason for season. We shouldn't just go through the motions, without knowing deep within in your soul what all the festivities are for. It is not just a time to enjoy, but it is a time to really commit to what it truly means to be a Christian.

Let us remember why we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came quietly onto the planet, in simple surroundings, a child of lowly birth. Remember that the Creator of the universe, "emptied" himself, and clothed himself in the same flesh as you and me. He did this so that we would be able to relate to and become as close to God as a friend or a brother. As you take down the trappings of this past Christmas, remember in whom you have believed!

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