Grace For The Journey
Theodor Seuss Geisel (whom you and I know as Dr. Seuss) gave young and old alike something to think about in these words from his delightful tale of How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!” And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “What if Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”
Christmas means a whole lot more than what we get from a store. And every year we are reminded anew of that truth. Hopefully, as we have celebrated Christmas today, we all got a clearer view of the powerful difference the coming of the Christ-child has made to the world. This Babe born in Bethlehem grew in wisdom and stature, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and was resurrected from the grave. Forty days later He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. But His story does not end there!
He is on the way back.
Hopefully on this Christmas Day we also have gotten a clearer vision of the return of our Lord for His Second Advent. This truth brings such great encouragement and hope to all of us who anxiously await His return! In His first Advent, Jesus came as a suffering servant to pay the penalty for our sin by nailing it all to the cross. But in His Second Advent, He will return as the conquering King who will reign forever and ever . . . and we will reign with Him. Think about some of the great implications of this truth!
- No more sin
- No more suffering
- No more sorrow
- No more shame
- No more sickness
- No more pain
- No more tears
- No more death
The old will be gone, but that’s not all – The new will be ushered in! There will be a new heavens and a new earth; everything will be new, including you and me! We will have new bodies and a new, unbroken fellowship with our Lord. “We shall be like Him,” the Beloved Apostle promised, “for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). All things in heaven and on earth will be brought under one Head, our King, and we will reign with Him as glorified saints in the glorified creation for all eternity.
So . . . what did you celebrate this Christmas? Was it merely parties and packages; boxes and bags? Or did you celebrate something that means . . . a great deal more? … Something that is making a difference now and for eternity!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”