The Real Reason For The Season
December 23, 2023
I know we all love authenticity, whether it's authentic food/meat or authentic relationships.
But I find it's so easy to get caught up with the busyness of life and forget about the authenticity of Christmas.
In short, this is what it means as I stop and think about it:
Jesus Christ being birthed into the world by a virgin, living a life of service, and dying as a sacrifice for our sin. Ultimately displaying the truest example of humility.
Giving the greatest gift ever given to me, the good news of salvation from my sin! (And yours too!)
Here are some passages from the Bible that stood out in my reading lately.
1 Timothy 1:15 NLT
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
1 Timothy 2:1 NLT
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 7 And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.
As we turn from our sin to trust Christ and walk in true repentance, believing in him and obeying his commands to be baptized and live a life of service to others the way he did.
This is the only way to have true hope and peace in a world that sometimes feels like it's falling apart around us.
Tidings of great joy and peace as you bask in the love of Christ this holiday season!!!