December 19, 2011 2 Comments
Wow! It’s amazing that the year has passed by so quickly. Christmas 2011 is only six days away!
I love the season as it opens the opportunity for us to so easily share the good news of Christ. Just think about it. God, the Alpha and Omega; the Creator of the universe and all that is, came to earth as a mortal man in order that those who would believe on Him could be saved from the grips of an eternity in hell. This gift, His incarnation and later the giving of His life in order that we may live, is indeed, indescribable just as Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 9:15!
It is beyond our ability to fully comprehend or describe the incarnation. Yet, we know there was no other way. One man, Adam, sold out the human race and it would take a man to legally purchase back for God what was lost. With Adam’s sin, as the Federal Head of humanity, sin was imputed to all mankind. Satan thought he would be able to hold all humans in is grips for eternity. Since all men were now born in sin, who could live righteous and break us free? Besides, the penalty for our sin required a blood sacrifice; yet, not just any blood would do. It had to be the blood of one that was infinite in value in order to pay the price for so many sins and for so many lives, once and for all. No one’s life, even if perfect, would carry the value to get the job done. Only the infinite One Himself has unlimited worth! So this indescribable gift – the one and only God-Man, came to earth with a mission to die for you and me. He is indescribable in His God-Man nature, Emanuel, “God with us.”
He is indescribable in His purpose in coming to earth. Man in his total depraved state was unable to save Himself so God accomplished our salvation by sending His only begotten Son into the world. How do we fully describe that? How do we understand His willingness to give a gift of such cost to you and me?
He is indescribable because He is a gift of grace. We give gifts to those we are connected to in some way: our friends, family, co-workers. Sometimes we give to those we do not know when we give of our increase to help someone less fortunate. However, we do this because we feel a debt to humanity and we desire to follow the example of Christ in helping those in need. But God gave His only begotten Son to us when we were at enmity with Him. He had no obligation to us whatsoever! As a just and holy God, He had every right to turn His back on us. But He is also Love. He didn’t give His life for any reason but pure overflowing love. Jesus is the overflow of God’s love for us! That is what makes God’s gift so precious! How difficult to find words to describe this wonderful gift of grace and love!
And don’t forget how this indescribable gift affects us. We are forgiven of our sins. This enables us to live with joy unspeakable as we are no longer held bondage to guilt and condemnation because of our failure to live holy before God. Instead, we are at peace with God. Also, we are adopted into God’s family. He is our Father. We are His child and we have brothers and sisters we will be getting to know for all eternity. I so look forward to getting to know all of you! And, I believe I will. And, as a child of God, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling with us to protect us and empower us for Christian living. His presence also enables us to live in a state of supernatural peace in the midst of our daily trials, as He strengthens and comforts us. As this year ends and a new one begins, remember, He is always right there with you. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Follow Him. We sometimes forget His presence is always with us.
What a gift! My words are truly insufficient! I hope you will post a reply to share your thoughts about Christmas and Jesus Christ, the indescribable gift!
All of our efforts to describe Jesus fall short; yet, we don’t have to be able to describe Him to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. If you are reading this and haven’t done that; and you feel God knocking at your heart, just tell Him right now that you know you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Tell Him you accept the gift He is offering you, His life as payment for your sin and that you want Him to come live in you. Tell Him you surrender your life to Him and ask Him to be your Lord. When you do this from a genuine heart that has been opened by God, the Bible says you have eternal life with God!
I want to wish all my wonderful sisters and brothers in Christ a Merry Christmas and encourage you as you go about your holiday celebrations to keep Jesus at the center of all your activities. He is the greatest gift that you will ever receive and the greatest that you could share with another.
Yeshua – Jesus – Immanuel, “God with us!” He is the reason for the season!
Merry Christmas! May your awareness of God’s presence increase this season and may your celebrations be joyous!
With Love, Sarah