A Time of Celebration, And Reflection! Updated 2016!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”John 10:27-30
This time of year is one of my absolute favorites. It is a time to celebrate with family, and friends. For me it is close to my heart on so many levels. One of the most favorite Christmas’s was when my bride, Linda and I were getting ready to have our second child. Already blessed with one child, (that was my lovely daughter Tammy, the second love of my life, Linda being the first), Linda was pregnant with child number two. Now being 9 months into it, a December birth was about to happen. We didn’t really want to know if it was going to be a boy or a girl. There was an element of surprise that seemed to enhance the experience back than, and brought it up to another level of excitement. “You know its like opening up your Christmas gift wondering just what it might be as you tore the wrapping paper off in an excited frenzy.”… Side Note; One Christmas, as children, my brother and I found Moms hiding place for our presents, and decided to carefully opened them as well as sealed them back up so no one would know. The only problem was we knew, and lost out on the element of surprise, “Boring!”
Well lets get back to the event. That year we didn’t have much income and when you looked under the tree it was pretty bare. Linda and I decided we would forfeit our gifts to each other and accept the gift God was about to deliver, our precious new baby. We could now shower our children with gifts. I had one request from God. Since we already had a daughter this next bundle of joy needed to be a boy! December 16th 1971, we were blessed with a healthy baby boy. God always keeps His promises!
There is one “Baby Boy” who deserves all our attention this time of year. The Christ (the Anointed One…Messiah), Jesus (Savior), who’s birth we celebrate with great joy, and thankfulness. He came into this world for one purpose, and one purpose only. To take on all our sins, by being that sacrificial lamb. The final and perfect sacrifice who came to save, not condemn, so we could live with Him through eternity. The verses above give us assurance of our salvation as well as showing the love Jesus, and His Father have for each one of us that receive Jesus as our personal Savior. Men we have so much to celebrate, this season of joy! “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
To be in the palm of Jesus hand as well as His Father’s, with the promise that no one can snatch us out of their protection. Men does that make you feel safe, and secure? The promise that we, (believers) will never perish. “This year as we are in this chaotic world with all its distractions, stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.” When you tell your children the Christmas story Luke 2:1-20, let it be the true story the Bible tells. Before they tare into those presents give them the eternal gift, the true gift of Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus. Men if this is important to you, let your children know it is. By sharing your faith with them, leading them to the Lord. We do that by how we live our lives setting a godly example for them to follow. Give them the gift of Jesus! If it’s important to you it will be important to them.
“Merry Christmas my fellow warriors! My gift to you comes from the word of God, keep it always!”
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NASB)
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe