Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 23, 2013

Thought For The Week December 29, 2013

I’m sure by now most of us have recovered from too much food and frenzy as we enjoyed Christmas festivities with our families and friends. I hope that you had a joyful and Christ-centered celebration.

If, as I mentioned last week, you found yourself on Thursday or later this week with the post-Christmas blues, here’s the way to beat it. Keep Jesus with you every day. Christmas reminds us of the fantastic story of God reaching into the world in the person of a baby to rescue us from our sins. But that message isn’t a once a year truth. Jesus was born, died for our sins, rose again and is alive today!

You and I can experience the joy and excitement every day we walk with Him in fellowship, freedom, and intimacy. He wants to be your friend and confidant so that you have the abundance in everyday life that you see and feel during the Christmas season.

Another way to experience the anticipatory excitement of the season leading up to Christmas Day is to stay always aware of and ready for Jesus to return at any minute! He said that He will return and, just like those in Jerusalem and Bethlehem when He was born, we don’t know the day or the hour. But we don’t have to miss it like they did. We can wait and wonder and always be ready.

Joy To The World
was not originally written to focus on or celebrate the birth of Christ but to herald His second coming. Notice that the first verse says, “Let earth receive her King.” Jesus, though He was the King, didn’t come the first time as the King but as the humble servant who would suffer and die. But the second time, oh, the second time, He’ll show up leading the armies of heaven to conquer and reign!

The third verse says, “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.” This tells of the day foretold in Revelation 21:4, There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then the fourth verse follows, “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love.” When he returns, Jesus will set up His throne from Jerusalem and rule the entire rule with grace and love.

What a day for us to anticipate! Wouldn’t that blow away your post-Christmas blues? Now what do you have left over that is tasty? Just a post-Christmas thought.

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