Christmas is a wonderful time of year, an opportunity for Christians to rejoice over the arrival of Jesus Our Christ. The crowd today is a diverse set of believers from many ethnic groups and nations expressing their love and admiration for the new-born savior. God kept His covenant promise, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Immanuel means “God is with us,” and that my friend is reason enough to celebrate this holiday season.
Jesus arrived as a man-child to live the human life experience, the good, the bad and the ugly He would experience it all as we do. Furthermore, God’s promise “that He may know to refuse the evil and to choose the good” is the foundation of Jesus’ human experience. Even the Son of God would have to make the same choices we make every day of our Christian life. This choice is driven home during the holiday season will we refuse the evil (the Ways of the World) as Condemnation or accept Jesus (the Good) as our Salvation? If we accept Jesus our mission for the rest of the year is to be just like Jesus, to be a Christian means to be Christ-like.
Just like Jesus, we were born into a sinful world but we don’t have to live a sinful life. Jesus is our Redeemer and we have been redeemed from condemnation. Our Redeemer has been born He who shines the light in the dark places is with us. How are we to know that Jesus lives? Because He lives within us, we should feel Him, feel His spirit presence living and moving in and through us. He has worked many great wonders in my life and I am forever grateful. “He has sent redemption to his people; He has commanded His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.” (Psalms 111:9)
Just like Jesus, we come here broke, but we don’t have to live a life of brokenness. Jesus is our salvation and our deliverance from brokenness is complete. The broken-hearts are mended, broken-spirits rejuvenated, and above all the broken-life has promise and purpose. Jesus can put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. I’m no longer the broken man I was, He has made me whole, not perfect but whole. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (Titus 2”11)
Just like Jesus, we come here sick but we don’t have to live a life of sickness. Jesus is our doctor and He heals us. His blood-stained stripes on Calvary’s cross has removed the pain and ended the suffering. The sickness of lust, pornographic fantasies, covetousness, lying and deception have been cured, they are not in remission they have been removed. Jesus, Dr. Jesus doesn’t treat the symptoms He treats the illness. He is the antidote, the antibiotic, the anti-virus, Jesus is the “anti-whatever” plagues us, you and I. “For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong.” (I-Peter 3:17)
Just like the crowd, we seek to touch Jesus and receive the power that is within Him to heal us. Our acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God, as our Savior and Salvation provides the means to not only touch Him but it allows Him to touch us! Once we have been touched by the spirit of Jesus we are forever changed, the apostle Paul says; “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
The command to walk according to the Spirit for us is the same as God’s promise of how Jesus would walk among men. Jesus refused the evil and chose the good from the first day of his arrival until the last day of his visit. Immanuel, God was with us, He walked among men and women, and He remains with us this Christmas season. Walk just like Jesus, refuse the evil and choose the good this holiday season. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Morning Prayers for the Christmas Season (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Evening Prayers for the Christmas season (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Advent: waiting for Immanuel (talesofasojourner.wordpress.com)