If you’re like me, you feel the “I don’t know” in the air. Will we celebrate at grandma’s? Hopefully. Will we go to church in person or online? Depends on health. Should I get a tenderloin for the deep freeze just in case? Perhaps. Did Jesus come for me and will He come again? Yes. If you do nothing else this Christmas, reflect with me for a minute on what the manger holds for you.
There are some questions we can and should reflect on this Christmas season. And the one that’s ringing in my ears today is, why did God send His son Jesus to live among us?
So we’d know and believe that the Father loves us.
It’s simple. It’s true. And it encompasses so much at the same time. Through Jesus, we can see the unseen God’s character. We witness what’s important to our heavenly Father. We have proof that He’s not forgotten about us, but is pursuing and planning for our good.
How does it feel to have a personal God who’s not far off, but as near to mankind as a child in a womb? How does it repair what’s been damaged within you, the doubt or the fear, that He came for you specifically?
This week I’m settling in to a piece of Scripture that deserves to dwell in our hearts for good.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV).
God’s son lowered from heaven to an earthly manger is the grandest gesture of “great love” and “rich mercy” one could ever fathom. And He did it to raise us up to our right standing with God.
He saw me and you in the dark and He chose to be our light. We were dead in sin, and He came to BE our life. He’s restored our honor, our goodness, our rightness as a gift so that we have a direct line of relationship heavenward.
Do not take Christmas lightly. While most things in this world may be lost or unsure. Everything that Christmas stands for will remain. And because of that I invite you to ponder the hope of the season as you reflect on passages that prove God’s love like Ephesians 2:4-6. You, dear reader, are greatly loved by God and have a treasure that cannot be taken.
So CELEBRATE! Rejoice! Bring out the peanut butter blossom cookies and hot cocoa. Decorate with lights galore. But more importantly, be blessed as you fill up on the Lord’s presence.
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Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.