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|New Testament||James 2||James 3||James 4||James 5||1 John 1||1 John 2||1 John 3|
|Old Testament||Daniel 11-12|
|Ezra 1-2||Ezra 3-4|
I love Christmas and all its craziness from the decorations to the food, listening to catchy tunes to playing charades. I love family time and seeing friends, I love laughing together and watching the faces of my kids as they open their presents.
But most of all, I love Jesus. And more than any other season, even though so many people seem to be focussed on other things, this is the time when we celebrate the reason that we have life.
Life appeared! (1 John 1:2)
This week we celebrate the arrival of a baby. Not just any baby but a baby with a promise. A child that will restore fellowship with God, a child whose destiny is to die. 1 John 2:2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it … (1 John 1:2)
We have an amazing story to tell, one of passion and love, of triumph over adversity, of freedom bought at a price. All found in the gospels.
You also have an amazing story to tell, of what you have seen and heard, what God has done for you.
Life appeared; … we proclaim … (1 John 1:3)
Let’s tell our story this Christmas. Of how life appeared to you and me. Let’s testify of the goodness of God. Let’s proclaim to the world around us.
Life appeared; … so that you also may have fellowship with us. (1 John 1:3)
We are a family, and the wonderful news is that this family of God keeps growing. He yearns for more and more to be restored into fellowship with all of us.
Life appeared; … we write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:4)
When you give someone a present that you know they have been longing for, the joy is not just the receivers but your own joy. I love to let everyone else open their presents first and watch the excitement on their faces as they discover their gift.
The same is true when we unwrap Jesus, when we tell His story, and how His story has shaped our story. Not only is their joy for the person who discovers Jesus for the first time but also joy wells up in our hearts. The receiver may not always receive, but we are fulfilling the call to “Go” when we explain what Jesus means to us.
Life appeared! For you and for me, that we might have life.