Ephesians 2: 12-13: "that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."
The Apostle Paul is telling the Corinthians not to take God’s gift for granted. How do we diminish the greatest gift that has ever been given, God gave His Son?
How quickly it is that we forget what Jesus has done for us, how quickly many who at one time were on fire for the Lord, that flame is only a flicker. How we need to remember that Jesus died in our place, He suffered for us as us.
This might seem a little strange Christmas message but it is not! Many will face the Holidays with despair and depression. I have been told by some that they hate Christmas for it congers up bad memories. Some tell me they would rather celebrate December 26 rather than the 25.
Let this be the year when all that changes, and it starts by not just putting Jesus Christ back into Christmas but making Christmas all about Him. When you do this, you then can savor the greatest gift that anyone, anywhere has ever received. God gave His only Begotten Son for you. And I believe He would have offered Jesus if you had been the only person on this earth.
Some would say yea but I have no one to spend time with during the Holidays! God has promised you and me that He would never leave me or forsake me, He is always with me. Many don’t recognize His presence because they don’t practice His presence on a daily basis, no prayer life and no Bible study what so ever. So when He comes to them, they don’t recognize His presence. Also if those in this church knew you were going to be alone, they would probably invite you to come join them in their gatherings.
The verses that I mentioned at first, tell me that you and I can treat the presence of the Lord with a lack of respect. Those who are saying they are not loved, refuse to see what God has done for them. Christ on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. How in the world can we say we are not loved after gazing on the Crucified Body of our Lord?
Those who say they are alone, are basically saying “I know God told me He would always be there, but I don’t believe Him or His word or He is not enough.
It is my prayer that during this Christmas Season, we don’t take our Father in Heaven nor His word for granted, and let us remember what He has done for us. Paul wrote, but now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
- Pastor Lee and Crickett Cruse, wishing you and your family a Jesus Christmas.
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