Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Christmas Eve to you all! As I’ve been sitting here in my office this morning…thinking on all that Christ has done for us…I began to see even more, as to how important Christ’s birth was…for it was the birth of our Savior that began a journey; that would eventually bring true and lasting hope to all mankind.
One of the more popular and well memorized verses in the Bible is found in John 3:16, which reads… “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just think…if it wouldn’t have been for Christ’s birth; then we would be sitting here right now in bondage…with now hope; for it was His birth that began a journey to an old rugged cross, where He would sacrifice His entire life…to die for the sins of this world.
Before writing you today, I was listening to a Christmas song, which I have truly come to love and it is titled… “He made a way in a manger”…and some of the lyrics go like this… “He made a way in a manger…a way to the cross…Messiah the promised before time had begun. For God so loved this world, though he knew what love would cost; He made a way in a manger, to make a way to the cross.”
Tomorrow, there may be some who will open gifts that have been given to them; but what I have found to be the greatest gift I could ever receive at Christmas; is the gift of love and hope. Just think…when we choose to open this gift of love and hope…that has been given so freely to us; the light of God’s presence shines through…a light that can truly surround us and remain with us, while facing our darkest hour.
So many times, we accept Christ’s gift of love, hope and forgiveness; but then we only hold onto it and never really open it up and allow it to be applied to our everyday lives. When we choose to accept Christ in this way; then we are only allowing His powerful presence, to remain closed up within the gift that He has so freely given us.
One thing I have come to see about this true gift of Christmas; is that once this gift is given to us and opened…no one can take this gift from us. This is a gift that remains with us, even while facing the tough and difficult moments of life. In Romans 8:33-39, we read… “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. (34) Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (36) As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us not only take hold of the gift that Christ has so freely given us; but let us open it up…for when we open up our hearts and truly receive the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ…which has been offered to many throughout the years; then we will begin to discover a gift that can become more valuable, than any other gift we could ever receive.
Have a very blessed Christmas…and may you truly experience Christ’s gift of love, hope and forgiveness to you!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain