Celebration of the Messiah
Throughout the Old Testament the nation of Israel is referred to as God’s chosen people. They were not the largest in numbers and arguably not the strongest. Yet, numerous times He freed them from their captors. He also selected this nation to be the lineage through whom His Son, Jesus Christ, would be born. Jesus is the one who frees anyone who believes in Him as Savior from sin, and God rejoices over that decision.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
– Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
As you celebrate Christmas this year, consider the journey the Father made to bring you the greatest gift of all, His Son. Consider the Lord’s freedom from sin, peace and assurance He makes available to you as He loudly rejoices over your acceptance of His Son.
This Christmas, celebrate the one true King and Messiah, who has given you freedom from the slavery of sin.
The choice is yours. Have you accepted the gift He has given you? Sinful nature and the world’s chaos create disruptions that lead to problems and concerns, which can set you in unsafe and uncomfortable environments. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, He becomes your ultimate problem solver. The Holy Spirit guides you to formulate or evacuate your unsafe place and replace it with a secure location. Like the Israelites story in Exodus, the journey may be challenging to disregard a sinful past, but the Lord’s salvation offers peace and assurance as you travel life’s highway.
He wants you to be saved from sin and provide you with His harmony and confidence. He loves you. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Today’s One Thing
Celebrate Christmas this year by recognizing the freedom you have through Jesus Christ. Make a list of five or more freedoms you have that would not belong to you if you had not accepted God’s Son!