Merry Christmas! I sometimes want to shout it so very loud that the truth of Christmas be heard to the very heartbeat of all who have hears to hear. But why, why would two words stir inside of me a chorus of “good tidings”; good news or information. Because that is what it is good news…please bare with me as I continue…I prayed that God would help me explain my excitement about Christmas and this is what he gave me…
God is…Creator of all…you…me…heaven…earth...
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (NLT)
Holy…Prefect…Devine…the God of gods
1 Samuel 2:2, “No one is holy like the Lord; there is none like him, no protector like our God.” (GNT)
Your Heavenly Father has an everlasting love for you…
Romans 8:38-39, “I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (CEV)
The Lord wants to share that love with all of us; no matter who we are or where we are from…and most amazingly He desires to have relationship with you forever and ever
Jeremiah 31:3, “Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”(NLT)
So God gave….
James 1:17, “Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.” (ERV)
He gifted us with an opportunity to make this all possible by sending us…
Jesus…Who came as a babe
Isaiah 7:14, “All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” (NLT)
He was born into an everyday type of family…
Luke 2:8-14, “There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.” (MSG)
He understood our circumstances by His life among us
1 John 4:9, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (NIV)
And then the gift from God…Jesus…that lasts from generation to generation…
Isaiah 9:6, “A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
“Prince of Peace.” (GNT)
Jesus paid for us, we have no debt when we accept God’s gift…the price is paid
Romans 3:24, “But by the free gift of God's grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.” (GNT)
Ephesians 2:8-9, “You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.” (CEV)
This is not the end of the story but just the beginning!
So we can be in God’s Holy presence…through prayer…fellowship with others…in the loneliest of times…He the God of the heavens is a whisper away…He is among us…we can live eternally with Him…that is forever and ever!
John 17:3, “Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.” (CEV)
We can be showered with His love that keeps on giving because it overflows from one heart to the next in acts of kindness…giving hope…hope of a relationship with the Lord of Lords!
1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (NIV)
This is why I want to shout “Merry Christmas” for everyone to hear, know and understand God’s gift of Love…Because it is the good news!
A Very Merry Christmas to you,