2015-12-18 - Christmas is Coming
Christmas is coming. While Jesus was likely not born on December 25, 1 A.D., we have elected to celebrate his birth this time of the year. This season of celebration is Advent – a word that means coming. I would like to share my two favorite passages speaking of his coming.
John 1:1-14 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Verse 14 is the shortest, sweetest narrative of Christ's birth. The Word – Jesus – God – became flesh. He who created us became like his creation, to be with us, to share the light of his life with us.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (NKJV)
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
As surely as he came the first time, he is coming again. When he comes again, we will be with him, if we believe. That brings to mind a third coming between the two – when his spirit comes into your life, to seal you until his return. I hope you are ready for his coming. I am, and that's why I can celebrate – not just looking back to an event long ago, but also to an event perhaps not too far into the future.
Merry Christmas – let us celebrate the birth of a Savior babe, and the return of a victorious King.
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted
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