Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel."….Luke 2:29-32
The words of Simeon as he takes baby Jesus into his hands.
My experience with the Christmas season has always been valued on what I have to give to those whom I love. I never considered the real value in the celebration of the Lord’s birth concerning the gift presented to each of us from God himself. When I removed my gaze from my natural experiences I began to realize that what God has presented at Christmas is life giving . If I only see Christmas from my natural experiences I will loose the effect of what He has given to me for an eternity. Life. Those experiences produced by the natural worlds interpretation of the celebration can only leave me with a half truth and not the full effect of God’s love. Unless it is founded in the truth of our Lord’s birth my experiences are nothing unless they are valued in the source of the truth, the Lord Jesus the Christ.
If I try to deny the truth of it then my circumstances and challenges result in death. Christmas day should be a celebration of life. . When the truth is lived by virtue of the Holy Spirit then the meaning of the celebration becomes alive and as a result victories are born in our relationships, giving, faith, and so on. The scriptures come alive as it relates to why Christ was manifested and what the result of it is. (1 John 3:8). The result will come in an abundance of life in every aspect of it... Allow the true spirit of the season to compel your heart towards the life presented at the cross of Calvary. One indebted in service, love and obedience to the will and word of God which is the Lord Jesus the Christ.
This Christmas truly examine your heart to minister to the true reason for the season. It is a gift that celebrates life instead of death. For God so loved us that this day resulted in the birth of a sacrifice that will stand throughout eternity. It was the love of God that took the tree at Calvary in order for us the have eternal life. That is truly the reason for the season.Love someone today that eternity may be presented to them through the love of Jesus Christ. Amen
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads………………….Revelation 22:1-4