We all wait on someone or something. This Christmas all of us were waiting for the 25th to come. Kids were waiting for Santa and parents were waiting for time off from work. We all wait for a New Year with new possibilities.
And so Immanuel has come……..GOD WITH US. I made a conscious choice this year to wait for JESUS with expectation and awe. We can look to the ONE who came in the Manger – GOD in flesh met a broken and hurting world. Our extraordinary GOD came down into our ordinary world and was born in a dirty stable with farm animals and hay and grime. What kind of GOD does that!
We have a GOD that thinks beyond our understanding and often we don’t understand HIS reasons for things; no we need to take those things on faith.
And faith is what drove those wise men to seek the ONE that was born that Christmas. They were waiting on a star to guide them and each step took them closer to the Savior born to save humanity.
So how did you wait this year? I think it is good to look back upon our time before Christmas. Was it filled with stress and aggravation? Were you running around 24/7 trying to get everything done for that perfect Christmas this year? Because as much as we try, there are no perfect Christmases – there was only that 1st one, the Christmas where JESUS came to be the perfect atonement for all of our sins. You see we didn’t seek GOD – HE sought us! HE came down for us. That is prevenient grace. It is a grace of GOD’S love pursuing us.
Immanuel, GOD with us, was prophesied in Isaiah. Man heard those words and mankind waited…….
ISAIAH 7:14 “THEREFORE THE LORD HIMSELF WILL GIVE YOU A SIGN. BEHOLD THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON, AND SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL.”
Mary had a vision and Joseph had a dream and then their waiting began to see what GOD would do? Did you wait on GOD this Christmas? Did you make room for HIM? Or did you crowd HIM out with all the glitz, festivities and events? I kept things simple this year…….I didn’t say yes to everything I was invited to. And I didn’t try to outdo myself from last year with the shopping and decorating.
DO YOU KNOW THAT ALL THE WAITING AND PREPARING EACH YEAR CAN ONLY BE FILLED AND SATISFIED BY THE SAVIOR, JESUS, IMMANUEL?
If you haven’t already, look intently for HIM today, and tomorrow, and every day after. Our souls can only be filled by HIS love, by HIS coming for us. Imagine a GOD who loves us that much! HE meets us right where we are, sins and all.
Only the Savior of the world can fill us……..there is no other gift that can do that. Did you know? Let us open the only gift that truly and forever satisfies…….open the gift of JESUS today, before it’s too late. Come before HIM in reverence and humble repentance. And when you do, be prepared to receive HIS indescribable gift, a gift like no other, a gift of salvation, true love, endless grace and peace of heart. Come now to the ONE who is the perfect gift!
2 CORINTHIANS 9:15 “THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS GIFT THAT IS TOO WONDERFUL FOR WORDS.”