December 21, 2010
Luke 2:7-14 – “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
As I read these scriptures, I see seven great truths we should embrace and celebrate this Christmas week. I’m sure we could find more than just seven truths, but let me share these with you, that you can walk in them and receive them in your life.
1) Jesus will never push or force Himself into our lives. He will only come to where room is made for Him. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” We must open the door and invite Jesus into our lives.
2) Jesus wants to become a part of your life and lifestyle. The shepherds were busy going about their work when the angel came to them with the message of Christ’s birth. Jesus desires to join into what we do and be a blessing to us as we live our lives.
3) The Lord Jesus will deliver us from all fear and insecurity and bring peace into our lives. It seems that during the holidays people look for peace and fulfillment every where except for the Lord. Only Jesus can bring true peace and assurance into our lives.
4) Jesus is the Lord of good news and good things. He is never the bearer of bad news or tragedy. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus has come to give us the abundant and blessed life of God.
5) We are the recipients of the greatest news ever given to man. The Savior of all mankind has now come and He is Christ the Lord. Salvation is now God’s free gift to all. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” No matter the depth of our sin, Jesus has come to save us and give us a new life.
6) Our new relationship with Jesus fills our life with praise and new found optimism. When we receive the reality of our salvation in Christ we cannot but praise Him and give Him glory. Our rejoicing is not in our circumstances but in our relationship with the Lord. Even in our worst moments, we are saved and have the assurance of salvation as the anchor of our soul.
7) This Christmas, let us all give glory to God and exalt His Name on high. Let each one of us live in His peace and favor and release His good will toward all men.
Merry Christmas Everybody!