For some, Christmas is a time for warm memories—family get-togethers, carols, gifts, children, tradition. For others, the Christmas spirit is dampened by with depression, job loss, the death of a family member or friend. Maybe long-standing feud with a family member.
Whatever your situation . . . it’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about.
Imagine you’re one of those shepherds guarding sheep overnight near the city of Bethlehem . . . when an angel shouted, “I bring you good news of great joy . . . one who can rescue you from your troubles has been born today.”
Good news? With a foreign government crushing you with taxes? Forcing you to travel to your ancestral home to pay up . . . only to be met with flashing “No Vacancy” signs?
Yes . . . Jesus came into a messy world . . . just like yours. God created you to live peacefully with him and others . . . but our ancestors rebelled against him. Eventually, we joined in. Being a perfectly holy God, he couldn’t tolerate our rebellion. So he sent us away . . . but loved us so much He couldn’t forget about us.
God demanded someone pay the price for this rebellion . . . someone who hadn’t been tainted by it. So he sent the only one qualified . . . his one and only son Jesus . . . as a baby to wade into the mess we created. He grew up to teach us God’s ways. In the end, he willingly died at the hands of cruel soldiers . . . paying the price for your rebellion. So what should you do?
This Christmas, God simply asks you to admit you have taken part in the rebellion . . . and recognize you can’t get yourself out of the mess. He invites you to believe that he has paid the price for your rebellion . . . because you couldn’t do it on your own. If you agree, he invites you to pray this prayer:
Dear God, I admit that, like my ancestors, I have lived in rebellion against you. I’m sorry that I have offended you in so many ways. Thank you for sending Jesus to earth to teach me your ways, then to die to pay the price of my rebellion. I accept what He has done for me. Thank you for welcoming me back into your arms, this time forever! Help me walk in your ways from now on.