December 15 – Thinking Beyond Christmas

Think of Christmas in years gone by:

What did it bring for you?

Did you get everything you wanted?

Did you get everything you needed?

Our greatest need as fallen sinful people is forgiveness, and we were given a Saviour to remedy that. But what does that mean, what comes with that?

2 Peter 1.3-4 tells us that it comes with everything. Everything to live the life that God made you to live. The life of love. The life focused on others.

Mark 2.17 tells us that it comes with perspective. Christmas, the incarnation, God piercing the space-time journey that we are on to take on flesh and live among us and then die to atone for our sins shows us that really, we are not naturally good. We are not naturally strong. We are dependent. We are broken in spirit. We are depraved in thinking. We are, by nature, bound to choose the poor choice left to ourselves.

Luke 2.2535 tells us that it comes with salvation. To receive salvation, all we have to do is take Jesus as Simeon did: personally and with the proper perspective that He is everything we need.

What did Christmas bring for you, and what does it being each and every year? Simply, it brings everything you need.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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