By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Okay. I know we’re in the middle of summer here in the States. I know it isn’t December. I know it isn’t Christmas. But what I also know that no matter the date on the calendar, we should celebrate Jesus’ birth and be grateful for the gift.
This morning I was thinking about the day Jesus came into this world as part of humanity. The King of kings. LORD of lords. The only true and living Messiah left his home in heaven where he sat at the right hand of his father, God, to be born as a helpless infant, dependent on the ones he created, to take care of him. It totally boggles my mind to even consider the fact. But it’s true. Jesus did that.
One reason he did that was so he could understand what it was like to live as humans in this sinful, fallen world. That way, he would experience what we face. The trials we go through. The pain. The rejection. The hurt. The suffering.
Jesus became our High Priest. The One who stands before his father’s throne as our advocate. He pleads our case before the Righteous Judge. He begs his father to forgive our sins, because Jesus paid the price for those sins. Jesus paid the debt we owed but could never pay by willingly allowing himself to be crucified. The perfect, sinless Christ took our sins upon himself to satisfy God’s righteous judgement. By Jesus’ wounds we are healed.
No. It isn’t Christmas. It isn’t Easter. It’s just another day. Another day where I fall on my knees and thank God for allowing his son to come into this world to save me and you, from our sins. It’s another day I thank God for using an ordinary girl to give birth to the Savior of the World.
Another day I thank God he uses this broken, imperfect, ordinary girl as an instrument in his hands to point the way to him.
Seems to me we should celebrate the gift God gave us every day. Not only on the days we have set aside as holidays. I believe we should make sure we keep room for Jesus in our hearts everyday, and never turn him away.
How about you?
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This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since he had the same temptations we do, though he never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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