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My Post-Christmas Post

27 Dec

Well, Christmas time has come and gone, as far as American celebrations are concerned. Now we can spend our evenings in the never-ending return lines at Walmart exchanging the things we received (but didn’t really want) for gift cards so we can purchase what we really wanted, or perhaps really needed. While you’re in those lines, or lucky enough to avoid those lines, remember that this past Saturday, we just celebrated the birth of The Redeemer King. The LORD of Glory made flesh and dwelt among us. Who through death conqured death, hell, sin, and the grave rising victorious and ever reigning at the right hand of The Father! That is pact with life changing truth (there aren’t enough books to unpack it), but the one thing I would remind you of is that this Jesus we celebrated on Saturday is still alive today – so live like it.

  Every gift you see being exchaged can remind you of how humanity has been given The Gift of God and we we consistently exchange it for the empty boxes of lies. Not to be judgemental toward non-believers, but to stir us with compassion that they need to know the joy of knowing and loving their King. Every gift you see that is being enjoyed by the receiver should remind us of the true joy The Messiah has brought and continues to bring to those who receive Him. I could go on, but in short, my we see illustrations of Jesus all around us and continue to tell others of the Joy of Christmas. Retailers will have their Christmas decor down by now, don’t mentally follow their lead. So often we go about our “Merry” way and begin to prepare to ring in the New Year swearing to ourselves to work of the 25lbs we packed on during all those Christmas parties. I’m encouraging you to be resolved today to live in the light of the Messiah we just celebrated. And then renew that reolve tomorrow and each day following.

I’ll end with a well know Christmas carol, and notice it’s implications aren’t seasonal as the effects of His coming are eternal.

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

 
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