(Luke 1v78-79) ‘because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.’
We need to remember that all God did for us, we were in no way worthy to receive that. That truthfully our sin should have been the death of us. Instead, through God’s grace, mercy and love he sent us Jesus; as the gift for our salvation. We need to learn to find some peace throughout the whole Christmas period away from all the commercial distractions. Take some time to be thankful and quiet and remember all that God has done for you this year. You may have had such an awesome year, where although there have been trials you have gained many achievements. You may have struggled horribly throughout this year. However, to have made it this far shows your determination and grit. Take some time to reflect on all you have overcome, you will be able to see glimpses of God throughout even your darkest day.
I am always thankful that Christmas comes right at the end of year. It is a celebration in which we rejoice because God loved us even in our brokenness that he sent Jesus to be the salvation for everyone. (John 3v16-17) ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’ That truth is never lost. Even if you have had a year where you have felt so distant from God, God still loves you. Jesus still came to give you life. Never feel that God does not love you, because he does. There is peace in knowing that no matter how far you run, that whenever you call on the name of Jesus, he will meet you there.
I love the fact that the angels appeared to the shepherds, told them of the incredible news of Jesus having come into the world. ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is the messiah the Lord.’, (Luke2v10-11). These shepherds were outcasts, God chose the angels to go to them because they were loved and accepted; God called them his own. We were all like those shepherds, we were outcasts who have only been saved through Jesus. There is no other means possible for us to be saved, we cannot do it on our own. Unbelievable grace that we have received. As lovely as it is to receive presents and eat till your belly is full. May we embrace that we have been blessed to know salvation, to know hope. May we endeavour to glorify and to honour God with our lives. There is nothing we can do to earn that salvation. However, to live a life in gratitude and thanksgiving allows Jesus to have his place in our hearts.
(John 1v14 ‘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.’
Have a very merry and blessed Christmas. May you continuously know hope, peace, joy and salvation throughout your life. With love always, Victoria. xx