If we really turn towards GOD we will see the extraordinary……..did you know? This Christmas you will see lights and presents under the tree, but the best thing you can do is to turn away from all the commercial and turn towards the Manger.
That night long ago was no ordinary night and the shepherds were out in the fields tending to their sheep. And when they turned, they looked straight into the face of an angel who said……
LUKE 2: 10-11 “DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE TO ALL PEOPLE. FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR, WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD.”
That December evening was cold and dark, except for the angel of the LORD and a guiding star. The message given was for all mankind and it was a message of hope……
hope for a broken world, hope for all humanity……..hope in the form of the CHRIST child, born in a Manger because there was no room in the inn!
So if we turn towards GOD, then what’s next? Will we see? Will we see HIS hand of redemption reaching toward us? Will we see HIS grace upon grace upon unending grace?
Repentance is a turning…….turning from sin………turning towards the GOD of redemption. HIS message is that HE makes all things new.
Those shepherds must have been struck by the message, because after their turning towards the angel, they proceeded to go…….
LUKE 2: 15 “LET US NOW GO TO BETHLEHEM AND SEE THIS THING THAT HAS COME TO PASS, WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE KNOWN TO US.”
They heard the message and they turned to go. Will you turn this Christmas? Will you turn back to your first love? Will you turn from the commercial, from the crazy shopping and parties and turn towards the SAVIOR who came as a Babe to one day save you by dying on a Cross? Turn from the social media glitz and the news and the events and look heavenward and inward……..turning is a beginning,
As the shepherds did, we should also go…….go and look for HIM. The one who turns back to HIM the soonest, makes the most progress. Turn and repent of those sins you know you have because…….HE……. never……. turns away.
Knowing JESUS is knowing GOD and when you know HIM, you realize HIS extraordinary character and abundant love, grace and mercy for us………in spite of all our sins!
So this Christmas, turn from those things that aren’t working for you anymore. Yes you may be broken, but GOD loves broken people and HE will meet you right where you are. Turn from your sins, ask for forgiveness, repent and turn towards a GOD who is bigger and greater than any problem you could or will ever have! HIS burden is light and in HIM there is freedom and in HIM you will be made new. HIS grace and forgiveness is a free gift for you and for me.
HIS love is abundant and never-ending! When you truly turn towards HIM, and turn your gaze, turn your life and your heart towards HIM, our Holy and Sovereign GOD of the universe never……. ever……. turns away!
LUKE 2: 14 “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE AMONG THOSE WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED.”