A Christmas Eve Message
It’s Christmas Eve!
One more day then its Christmas Day and the day of exuberant celebration for Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior who came to bring the good news to all who would and will receive it.
Here’s the Christmas Story from N.T. Wright’s The Kingdom New Testament:
Today a savior has been born for you—the Messiah, the Lord!—in David’s town. This will be the sign for you: you’ll find the baby wrapped up, and lying in a feeding-trough.” Suddenly, with the angel, there was a crowd of the heavenly armies. They were praising God, saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And peace upon earth among those in his favor.”
So when the angels had gone away again into heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Well then; let’s go to Bethlehem and see what it’s all about, all this that the Lord has told us.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the feeding-trough. When they saw it, they told them what had been said to them about this child. And all the people who heard it were amazed at the things the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured all these things and mused over them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.
We celebrate the coming of our Savior born to bring both God glory and peace upon the earth. The amazing and wondrous thing is that both of those things are the very same thing. Jesus brings glory to God by and through reconciling us to God we who were estranged from Him.
Notice the shepherds didn’t casually stroll or crawl to see the newborn King of the universe, but hurried. I can picture them running fast and furiously, a lot like the father in the well-known parable of the prodigal. Yet, this time the prodigals are running to God in the flesh. When the shepherds shared the news people were amazed, probably some didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t believe it. Just like today when we share what God has done for us in our lives some people have a hard time believing it. Believing that God can be as good as we make Him out to be. The Good news is He is even better than that.
The Shepherds glorified and praised God simply because “all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.”
It was true!
The Messiah has come into the world and nothing will ever be the same again!
Just as on that day long ago, today Jesus comes into our lives and nothing is the same again!
Yet, Jesus can come all he wants and he will, but if we are not open and receptive to his coming than it will not matter. It will be as if he hasn’t come, as if he was never born, never lived as he did, and never died as he did, and never rose as he did.
That is sad. For some Jesus is a myth, a happy little story we tell ourselves to get through the night. I pity them and hope that soon their eyes will be opened and they will that the gospel is the good news that Jesus came for them, for everyone; so that all of us can experience God and His Kingdom.
Jesus was born, lived, died and rose. Jesus comes and bids us to come and see how good he is. That the good news is even better than any of us could ever imagine or hope for.
Jesus is at the door knocking.
Will you let him in?
On this day, the message I have to share is that Jesus wants to save you; He doesn’t as much want to make you a Christian as a disciple and have a personal relationship with you. He died for you and asks that you live for and with him for the glory of God. May this holiday season bring you peace, hope, joy, love, miracles, grace and many more things. I pray that you accept Jesus into your heart and lives.
Merry Christmas and God bless you!
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