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“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
Christmas. This is the day we celebrate the selfless act of a savior, brought forth from the heart of a grieving father over 2,000 years ago. This is the day we remember, and look upon with profound and inexpressible gratitude, as we reflect on the most prolific, unparalleled, and selfless act of love ever expressed by anyone at anytime. This is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is the day, beyond 2,000 years ago, when Heaven, for the first time in eternity, went dark. This is the day when Joy, in the form of Love, agreed to step out of that Divine place in the Holy of Holies, to be born of a virgin, become a man, and die a horrific death to save a people who could not save themselves. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
This moment in time set in motion the day when God’s only Son would be “oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). This day would point to the darkest of days, when the Son of man would allow the Father to put upon Him, the shame of the entire world; and pour out His wrath upon this spotless and unblemished Lamb, while He lay dying on the Cross of Calvary.
This marked the day when the Father would grow the tree that His precious Son would hang on, naked between heaven and earth, and die an agonizing death. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Hebrews 12:2 testifies of the sweet that would be dispersed from the bitter: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This willing Son so loved the world, that He maintained joy in His heartbroken and nail-pierced hand, so that we too could experience the joy of salvation of being reconciled back to a forgiving Father, through the Risen Savior.
This is the day when the heart of the Creator of the universe would be broken, as this loving Father gave His only begotten Son to be broken for His lost creation. This would be the day when the very saliva that this Father created in the mouths of an unrepentant creation would use what the Creator created, to spit on His very own Son. This is the day when this selfless Father would create the cave where His Son’s broken and lifeless body would be laid to rest. How great is the love of this Father, who gave the most precious treasure He had to get back the most precious treasure that was stolen—His one and only beautiful baby boy, to get back His lost creation.
And with the love of a hopeful Father, this Creator made the very stone that would be rolled away by Heaven itself to welcome home this Treasure from Heaven which has been broken and poured out, so we could be brought back to life, revived, restored, resurrected and made whole by the sacrifice of Love Himself. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Christmas points to the greatest love story ever known. It is a story of a heartbroken Father, who gave up the most precious treasure He had, His Son, Who went willingly, to get back the most precious thing He lost— His creation. Let us reflect and give thanks on this day, as we “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1).
Jesus is our joy restored because “He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins— and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (1 John 2:2). For this and so much more, we say “thank you” to the Son who gave up His place in Heaven to become the Savior of the world, that we might have life, and may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year, filled to overflowing with the peace and joy of Christ, and the exciting expectation of all things made new, above and beyond what you could ask or imagine for this coming year. I pray that the love, joy, peace, forgiveness, healing, and restoration of the Savior flow into you, and fill you to overflowing on this day and every day. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Family!
And thank You, most loving, merciful, and Holy Father, for sacrificing Your precious and first-born Son for us, that we may live. And thank you Jesus, for dying for us, and becoming our joy. Happy Birthday, most beloved and precious Son—our Savior of the world!
With warmest regards,
And in service of the Most High King,