December 23rd. Two days away from Christmas. Most of us are working hard to get everything ready. We are working hard because we want the day to be filled with joy and love. There is a great sense of anticipation and joy for Christmas morning to finally get here. That’s how Jesus, “the Word made flesh” (John 1:14) and “the word of God” (Rev. 19:13) feels about the day we are finally with Him and the struggles and attacks of sin and the world are over. Revelation 19:11-13 reminds us there is a day when Jesus conquers all the final enemies of this world and we will live in the peace and joy of His rule over all the world.
What an amazing contrast from the first time Jesus came to this world! At Christmas, we celebrate His first “coming” (advent) to this earth as a helpless baby whom the world had to choose to make room for and care for. His second coming will be a time when He comes as the greatest authority and king of all. And in between those two days, He invites us to follow His Word and help as many people to know Him and experience His peace.
Revelation 19:11-13 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True [Jesus]. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns… and his name is the Word of God.
As you look forward to Christmas Day, don’t forget there is a greater day coming – a day where there is no work, no stress, nothing we have to do. On that day, Jesus comes again and brings us home to the best celebration ever. On that day, He will share gifts with us for being faithful to Him and trusting in His promises. On that day, we open the true gift of eternal life in a way that will bring joy that will never end. On that day, we will be with family and loved ones and all those who love Him.
This Christmas remember that day. Stay close to His Word now and into the new year so nothing will steal your focus and your peace. Take some time today to remember what will be the ultimate gift to be opened and ask God to help you make sure every person you love and care for has a chance to know how they can be part of that wonderful day. If you haven’t already, pray for loved ones and invite them to Christmas Eve morning or evening services.
Love others well this Christmas as you remember the One who loves you best of all!