Christians continue to celebrate Christmas beyond December 25. We have anticipating the coming of our Lord during the days of Advent and now we continue to wonder and celebrate what it means for our Lord Jesus Christ to have come into our world as a human being. Think of what this means to each of us. God shares our humanity, restores us, and adopts us as His children to all who receive Him by faith. It was nothing less that the shifting of tectonic plates beneath the world’s accumulated knowledge and wisdom in its turrets and towers. Those towers of philosophy came crashing down before the power of “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (John 1:14, NLT)
In so identifying with us, Jesus, does so much more than ask us to receive Him into our hearts. He invites us into himself, and thereby we become one with Him. Oh, there is so much more to our salvation that what we fully appreciate.
““I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” (John 17:20–21, NLT)
John would faithfully pastor, preaching the Word of God and praying for the people of God. He would be put in a prison work camp on a small island in the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. Still the enemies of the gospel could not shut him or his message up. He was the messenger of Good News and a model for all us, to love Christ deeply and share what God has done for us.
I pray that you are still in awe of the story of the Incarnation. The celebration doesn’t stop on Christmas day, it has just begun. The Twelve Days of Christmas are traditionally associated with the twelve days from December 25 to the celebration of Epiphany (the celebration of Jesus’ appearing to Gentiles with the arrival of the Magi), January 6. The Good News is that this Celebration will continue from now throughout eternity! So let’s continue to “Come and Adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
Peace and Joy!