A new hope has dawned!
What would Christianity have been unless Jesus came to earth? In the time leading up to Christmas I can think about why my dear Savior wanted to be born as a human being, and the opportunities that opened up for my life.
The day Jesus was born was the day when a new hope dawned for everyone who was tired of being a slave to their own lusts, desires, and all their human tendencies – a beacon of hope was lit for everyone who was oppressed by what is restrictive, cold, and evil in their own natures; everything that destroys peace, goodness, and what is uplifting and encouraging.
He is the One who is able to bring order to all things; He came to earth – He who is a master in saving and liberating; He who has overcome all darkness and death and was the first to proclaim light! It is Him, the prince of peace, the liberator, ruler, and the mediator between us and God – it is His lowly and humble coming to our earth that we gather to celebrate and think about during these days.
In Him we are free!
Let us with childlike joy rejoice in the newborn Son of God. By His birth, many prophecies were fulfilled. By His life, we can now be saved, so that the prophetic words about us can also be fulfilled. By our life we can “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8) We who were formerly slaves of sin can now be made free by acknowledging the truth about ourselves. (John 8:31-36)
- Free to die to our own will!
- Free to live the life of Jesus!
- Free to unselfishly serve the others!
- Free to love without limitations of any kind!
This incredible freedom in Jesus Christ is now possible for each one of us. It is no wonder that the angels said, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2: 10-14.
Open the door of your heart for Him!
Oh, how He deserves our devotion, our unrestrained love, attention, and listening ear! His ear is also listening for our prayer. He wants to personally dine with us; He wants personally converse and have fellowship with us. Revelation 3:20 and 1 Cor 1:9. Let us open the doors of our heart for His voice, His light, His warmth, and His unending love! All the joys in the world are as nothing compared to being gripped by Him!
When you see Him, nothing else entices,
And besides Him nothing you desire.
You can lose all else, and it suffices.
There is nothing more that you require.
(Edin Holme – translated from Norwegian)
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