Day 25 – Decision Time
Reading – He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1: 11
These are some of the saddest words found anywhere in the Bible. He came……words that should have sparked a celebration unlike any other — WE HAVE A SAVIOUR. To…his own……the ones who should have understood, the very people who were longing for the Messiah. But his own did not receive him………surely that’s a typo? Unfortunately not. Jesus came to the very people who needed him and he was rejected.
The same thing still happens today, we are happy to attend school nativity plays or carol services but we often don’t want the full package. God has reached out and given us his Son, the Greatest Gift, and when all the turkey is gone and the gifts exchanged, when all is said and done only one thing really matters — Are you willing to receive Jesus Christ? How are you going to respond to God’s gift to you? Answer carefully and remember that you cannot opt out, you either accept or reject Him. Jesus came once in weakness and humility, as a baby and he will one day come again, in power and with great authority. Are you ready to receive him?
As we finish the Advent Project, let me leave you with the words of Max Lucado:
It’s late Christmas night. In a few hours the cleanup will begin — lights will come down, trees will be thrown out. Size 10 will be exchanged for size 12, crackers will be on sale for half price. Soon life will be normal again. December’s generosity will become January’s payments and the magic will begin to fade.
But for the moment, the magic is still in the air. Maybe that’s why I’m still awake. I want to savour the spirit just a bit more. I want to pray that those who beheld Him today will look for Him next August. And I can’t help but linger on one fanciful thought: What would life look like if we thought of Him every day?
Challenge – Take 5 mins to reflect on the Christmas Story. In the midst of the busyness, what jumps out to you? What is God saying?
Prayer – God, thank you for sending your Son into the world even though you knew he would be rejected, despised and eventually killed. Thank you for opening my eyes and helping me to receive Jesus. Help me to follow him everyday, to know him and to help others to know him too. Amen.
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