“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” –John 3:17
I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! It all happened so fast. It seems like this year has just flown by.
Ever since I did that post about Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, I have had a line stuck in my head…“Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies.” It’s really got me thinking about what Christmas means to us as believers.
Christmas is the celebration of when God sent His Son to earth to save us from our sins so that we could be reconciled to Him. We are ransomed. Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Our salvation has arrived. This is what Christmas is about…not Santa or even being with your family. The ultimate purpose of Christmas is to celebrate what God has done for us. This is our time of triumph!
Christ came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). He is holy, and because of this, no one with sin can be in his presence. Unfortunately, we have all chosen to rebel against God by sinning (Romans 5:12). We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Yet, God gave us a way to be reconciled to Him! He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to die a sacrificial death so that we could have access to the Father (John 3:16). We cannot earn our relationship with God because it can’t be bought; it is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). The choice is up to us. We all must choose whether we will believe and accept His sacrifice and gift of salvation, or whether we will reject it. However, if we reject it, we will spend eternity separated from Him (John 3:36). Please, don’t reject this gift. God, the Creator of all things, mercifully provided a way for us to spend eternity with Him despite our obedience. Revelation 22:17 says, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
Another line from one of my favorite hymns, “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It,” says, “I sing, for I cannot be silent! His love is the theme of my song.” I love how these lines not only relate to each other, but draw powerfully on imagery and sound.
If you know the love of Christ, you cannot be silent! That’s part of the reason why Collin, Solomon, Callie, and I blog…we cannot be silent. We have a song to sing, and His love is the theme of our song.