Well, I guess we have a quite a Christmas Eve going on here in Atlanta, thunderstorms and a high of 72 degrees. And I’ve just returned from the ER after getting my daughter’s forehead stitched up from a nasty fall.
Ha! Thank God weather and circumstances have nothing to do with CHRISTmas!
“Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head..”
That little babe we sing about, born in a manger…Do we realize that He was really here? Have we paused to hear His newborn cry? And to inhale the sweet fragrance of His tender skin? Can we see the crown of thorns already there on His soft, little head?
This babe was born in a manger to die on a cross. He was born a sacrifice, the final and eternal sacrifice of the Almighty. He was born to die for you and for me.
That babe came willingly. Lived and ministered willingly. And was tortured and died willingly. All without offense. In utter humility.
In fact, let’s remember that the babe we sing about born in a manger is here with us now. He is Emmanuel. Work finished. Debts paid. Rejoicing.
So, how do you feel as you may peer out into a dark, dank and warm Christmas Eve day? And what about any holiday mishaps?
The truth is that neither weather nor circumstances have any hold on our spirits when the Risen Christ abides within!
Hallelujah to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, conforms us through circumstances to His image, and lives in our hearts now and to eternity!
Let’s remember this Christmas that, yes, Christ was born, but that He was born to die.
And let’s embrace His sweet and glorious birth, death and victory in us which overcomes everything, weather and circumstances included. And from the depths of our resurrected hearts live as if it were true, because it is!
Matthew 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'”
Matthew 26:24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago.
Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.