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He is Risen Indeed!

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Easter is a victory celebration. Death could not hold the only begotten Son of God. In reality, death could never rightfully claim Him in the first place. Since He was sinless, since He is the Son of God, there was no reason that He should die except one. The one reason that caused Jesus to lay down His life was love.

Make no mistake, Jesus did lay down His life. No one could take it from Him unless He willingly let them. He was willing. The reason was because He loved sinners. Sinners just like you and me. The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for many.

Having willingly laid down His life while paying the full penalty for our sin, the grave could not hold Him any longer. He rose from the dead just as He said He would, never to die again. Now He ever lives to make intercession for those who come to God the Father through Him. What a victory!

Let There Be Light

Darkness is not a thing.  It is actually the absence of a thing, that “thing” being light.  Oftentimes we are so accustomed to darkness or near darkness that it is quite startling when light is suddenly turned on.

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Imagine how it was for the shepherds on the night that Jesus the Messiah was born.

Now there were … shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Luke 2:8

To them it was a night like many that had stretched on before, and they assumed would be the same this night.  In the darkness they probably took turns watching and listening for threats to their flock while others slept.  Suddenly everything changed:

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Luke 2:9

What a startling contrast.  Suddenly the darkness that they were used to was no more.  In an instant everything changed.  No one now slept. The focus of everyone was riveted on a heavenly being as light of the glory of the Lord lit everything around them.

For these shepherds it was the first of several extraordinary events of that night.  The darkness that they had grown so used to was shown for the nothing that it was.  The fixation on things physical was eclipsed by the revelation of things spiritual.

Suddenly there was a messenger sent from God!  Suddenly there was heavenly light!  Suddenly there was great fear!

When we become too complacent in our physical lives, when we become too used to the dark, when we become too adept at rationalizing compromise with the world and sin, we need the light of the Lord shined into our world.

I love the word “behold” at the start of the sentence about the revelation of the angel and light and fear.  It is a signpost that tells us to not just read this, but to grad hold of this truth.  Put yourself there on that night going about your nightly routine when it is suddenly shattered by God revealing His Son.  Then take that truth and apply it to your life today.

Let there be light as God shines anew the revelation of His gift to the world this Christmas season.  Come out of the darkness into His glorious presence and gaze in awe at the majesty of the God who loved us and gave His Son for us.

Season for the Reason

We are not sure when Jesus Christ was born.  Scripture does not tell us.  Traditionally, Jesus’ birth is celebrated on December 25.  This may be the day He was born.  It may not be the day He was born.

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What we do know for sure, what Scripture is crystal clear about, is that Jesus was born.  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.  John 3:16

Are we sure that December 25 is the day of Jesus’ birth?  No we are not.  Is Jesus’ birth something that we should celebrate?  How could we not celebrate the greatest gift of God to mankind?

God’s gift of His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins is certainly to be celebrated.  December 25 is as good a day as any.  Let’s just make sure that we remember the reason that we set aside this season for celebration.