Everyone is starting to climb up into their attics, pull down the christmas decorations, and dust of their nativity scenes to celebrate the first coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Being born in Bethlehem in a room suitable only for animals, he was laid in the manger which was the feeding trough for the animals.  Jesus, the Son of God, had a very ordinary and humble beginning.  About 30 years later we learn that he was the promised one who came to bring salvation to all who would believe.  He endured the cross for the payment of our sin.  He was beaten, mocked, scorned, and spit upon; yet, He did it because He loves us.  Then, on the third day, He rose from the grave defeating sin and death so that now if we are in Christ, we are a new creation.   The old has passed away, and the new has come.  We are justified, forgiven, righteous, and holy in Christ alone.  So now as long as we live, we live as lights in the midst of darkness for the glory of God.

However, rescue is coming to this broken world.  Jesus promised that He will return and make all things new! He will wipe away every tear; death shall be no more, and there will be no more mourning or pain!  Everything that was broken and tarnished because of sin will be fixed!
I know that the holidays can be a painful season for families who have lost loved ones or are fighting illness or cancer.  Therefore, we set our eyes upon the Lord knowing that He is enough, and He is coming again!  So we celebrate His first coming and we yearn for His return! O come Lord Jesus come.
Have a blessed Christmas,

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