Remember

 

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“God rest ye merry, gentlemen,” is a Christmas carol, it is true. But the verse shared above holds a truth we need to remember as we live through each day God gives us in 2017. And the remainder of our lives.  

Let us remember the good tidings of great joy which the angel shared with the shepherds that first Christmas, “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” (Luke 2:10-11, NKJV).

Why remember? Because the birth of the Savior, Christ the Lord, is the demonstration of God’s love for us. Why remember? Because we will face challenges in 2017 and the birth of the Word made flesh, was the fulfillment of a promise God made centuries before in the Garden of Eden. And we need to remember that in keeping His promise to redeem us, we have His assurance that He will keep every promise He has made. He did it for the children of Israel and He will do the same for you.

Why remember? Because His name, Immanuel, means “God with us,” and if there is one thing we need to hug close and bury deep in our beings is that “God is with us,” always.

Remember also that Christ our Savior was not only born but He lived and revealed the Father to us. And was tempted in all ways as we are and never sinned. And suffered untold agony for us, including separation from the Father. And died a criminal’s death. And rose again. And is now at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. We know these truths but need to remember to remind ourselves of them often. Doing so is an antidote to discouragement and dismay and hopelessness. Remember. Remember. Remember. Do whatever it takes to remember.

 

Advent Week 4: Day 7 – LOVE

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It is Christmas Eve. What does a verse about the genealogy of Jesus have to do with Christmas Eve and what does it have to do with love? Everything.

Centuries passed after Adam and Eve believed the Serpent’s lie that God was lying to and defrauding them, and they made the choice to disobey Him. Centuries passed after He told them the consequences of their sin and He told the Serpent the consequences of his deception.

“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15, NKJV)

Centuries passed from that moment to the time that the angel Gabriel spoke God’s words to Zechariah and to Mary and to Joseph. And Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem. And “the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”  (Luke 2:1-7, NKJV). And an angel said to the terrified shepherds, “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. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2: 8-12, NKJV). Centuries passed and God kept loving us and kept executing His plan of redemption through generations of men until His plan of redemption was fully accomplished.

It is Christmas Eve. What does a verse about the genealogy of Jesus have to do with Christmas Eve and what does it have to do with love? Everything.

May you awake on Christmas Day full of anticipation and gratitude for God’s incomprehensible love for us. For you. Merry Christmas.

Sky

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A rainbow in the sky. It has not yet become a commonplace sight to me and I pray it never will. A rainbow in the sky. It was given by God as a sign, a sign of His solemn promise to Noah, his sons, and every living creature who came out of the ark, and to everyone who would live after them. It was the sign of His solemn promise that He would never again allow floodwaters to destroy all life. And He has kept His promise.

But there is another promise God made which predated and is of greater significance that His promise to never again destroy all life through  floodwaters. This promise was made to Adam and Eve, and through them to all mankind. It was His promise to redeem us, first voiced in Genesis 3:15.

And the signs of His promise were repeated in all the books of the Old Testament until its fulfillment in the New. Jesus Himself mentioned one of these when he told Nicodemus, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” And Jesus’ death is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for us as stated in John 3:16 and Romans 5:8. The next time you see a rainbow in the sky may you also be reminded that He kept His promise to redeem us and will keep every promise He has ever made to you.

N.B. Links for Scripture references were added after the post was completed.

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Day 12 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Sky.”

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