For some reason this year, I've been more in awe of the significance of this holiday. I've always loved Christmas... and it really isn't because of getting gifts! I love giving them away though - shopping for them, wrapping them. I love the baking, the parties, the memories... the Christmas music and movies that I have to wait all year to enjoy. And then of course there's the true reason we celebrate - Jesus' birth. I've always stopped to recognize and appreciate the birth of Jesus. And yet this year, I feel like I have new insight into what an amazing event Christmas is. Christmas celebrates Jesus Christ, who was fully God - holy, pure and righteous... becoming fully man. Becoming fully man for ME. He came as fully God to give us new life - and in the process, became fully man, identifying completely with us. I don't ever have to feel alone or misunderstood in this life. My precious Jesus chose to intimately identify with me, through His life as a man and ultimately chose to give Himself so I could have eternal life. Wow. What a truly incredible gift.
My prayer for my loved ones in this new year is that God would reveal Himself to you in a new, intimate way. Reminding you of His love that not only came to SAVE you, but also to KNOW you.
Merry Christmas everyone!