[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Are you ready for Christmas? If you’re in the US or somewhere similar, this day probably means you have been running around decorating, buying, cooking, planning. You’re probably exhausted by now, and tomorrow is the big day. Even here, we traveled to Kampala because I had an appointment to get a new passport. While we were down there, we shopped (and shopped, and shopped..) We got back last night, to hot and dusty Kitgum. It’s good to be home. Now I’m cooking, cooking, cooking. We aren’t having anything big, but this is our first Christmas as a married couple. We are also having several guests. I want it to be special.
I’m covered in powder, eggs, and icing sugar. (Oh yeah, and sweat.. yuck.) But I had to stop for a minute and reflect. It’s okay to cook and plan and give gifts, but not if it means we lose sight of the most important thing.
Around 2,000 ago, in a place similar to where I live now, a child was born. We have all heard the story a thousand or more times. There’s no way I can state more eloquently what song writers and poets of old have so beautifully put, including the angels themselves! All that can be said is what has already been said, but what must be our focus:
- God became Man. He took our skin and put it on. He stepped into our broken world.
- Jesus was born in poverty that we might be rich in the things of God.
- He lived with strength of character and conviction, never wavering from His love and devotion to the Father. He kept His eye on the prize, which was us.
- He bought us back from our slavery to sin with the ultimate price of His blood shed on the Cross. He was marred, beaten and rejected that we might be free, received by God, and have life abundantly.
- His Resurrection meant that He conquered our death and we, too, will rise again when we leave this earth.
Because God became a baby, who grew to be a man, who bore the sins of the world- I am forgiven and free. Because of CHRIST, I can celebrate tomorrow knowing that I am a new creation, and I am no longer bound by sin and shame and death. His love for us is most definitely cause for celebration!
I want to wish all of you, wherever you are, a very blessed Christmas. I pray that you can stop for a minute through the busyness, and behold the Lamb of God, in the form of an infant, lying in an animal’s feeding tray. Then behold the dusty road that led from the manger all the way to the cross. Behold His great love for you, and give Him your adoration and the gift of your life.
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