KEEPING CHRISTMAS FRESH
It’s that time of the year when we are continually reminded that God left heaven and came to earth as a baby. I think there are two ways we can respond to hearing the same thing over and over. One, of course, is to become numb to it. But what if we would be hearing this amazing truth for the very first time? How would it impact us then? In India many have never heard about Jesus. What a privilege it is to tell them the good news for the first time. Looking at the incarnation through their eyes and ears makes it fresh and new, as it always should be.
Let’s be honest. The magic of God Himself visiting earth can be lost in the business of the season. The more we think about the Incarnation the more we should be totally amazed that God would leave heaven to come to earth because He loves us! That fact has stopped being just words and has taken on newer and deeper meaning the more I think about it. It’s just awesome to realize that God really did visit this earth for us, because He loves us and wants us with Him!
My wish for you this Christmas is that these words would take on newer and deeper meaning than ever before, and any over-familiarity you have with this story would be replaced with awe-inspiring wonder. Ask God to make the truth of this season real – it’s a gift He would love to give you this Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas!
Take a few minutes and pretend you have never heard of Jesus. Think of what your life would be like. Then imagine someone told you the story of God becoming a man and coming to earth for the first time. Let the wonder and amazement of it flow over you.
Now read the following passage slowly, as if you are reading it for the first time.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood * it.
6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. *
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, * nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, * who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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