Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 10, 2018

Thought For The Week December 16, 2018

I can’t believe how close it is getting to Christmas already. Didn’t we just celebrate Kid’s Day and have Trunk or Treat? Now one of the biggest celebrations of the year is just days away. I just wrote my annual Christmas letter to all our friends from church. It must be getting close.

In that letter, I mentioned that, during the past year, we realized again how important relationships are to us. Did you know that the Bible is all about relationships? Let me explain.

First, God created a man in His own image and likeness. Now why did God do that? I believe it becomes very plain in the whole body of Scripture that God, who exists in an eternal triune relationship between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and is defined by His love, created man so He could have someone else whom He could love and by whom He could be loved. It was all about having someone to have a relationship with.

Then, He took Adam’s rib and created a woman stating that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). The one He created perfectly complemented Adam and was suitable for him to love and be loved by. Man and woman were created for relationship. And God said that it was very good (Genesis 1:31).

But something happened. Adam and Eve chose to disobey the one rule that God set up in His magnificent garden. They ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil and immediately their relationships suffered. They would never relate to God in the same way nor would they innocently relate to one another. In fact, the first thing they did when God asked what happened was to blame each other.

So in the first three chapters of the Bible, God sets up what should have been the perfect situation for relationships to flourish and then Adam and Eve knocked it down. That’s were things get interesting. The rest of the Bible is dedicated to God’s quest to restore the relationship as He wanted it to be in the first place.

He immediately says that a hostile relationship will exist between Eve and the tempter (the serpent) and not only Eve but all of her descendants. The tempter would hate and work to undermine every person who ever lives. But God’s plan included how to rectify that situation. In Genesis 3:15, He says that Eve’s seed (whom we know to be Jesus) will eventually crush the head of the serpent and, in doing so, make a way for anyone who will trust in Jesus to be fully restored into relationship with God, just like in the garden.

Bible history tells us that God pursued mankind, first through Abraham, then Israel for hundreds of years. He foretold of the time when the Restorer, the Rescuer would come and, then, over 2000 years ago, a baby was born who would grow to be a man and be sentenced to die on a Roman cross. That baby was Jesus and His death was the substitute for every sinner who comes to Him. Through His death we can be reconciled to God, given a new (not patched up) heart, and be filled with His love so we can pass it on to others.

That’s why Christmas is such a great holiday. It celebrates God entering into human history to right the ship and make the relationship new again. It celebrates the coming of Jesus, who calls us all to come to Him so that we may have rest.

And even the unbelieving world seems to know this. Have you ever noticed that people seem to treat others with more kindness and affection as Christmas approaches? The secular songs about Christmas seem to emphasize family, peace, and love. What God has done in sending Jesus has an affect on the whole world during the Christmas season.

So, as we get closer to the day we call Christmas, could we remember the reason for Christmas? Jesus came to restore the most important relationship any person could have, that relationship with God. In doing so, He imparts to us the capacity to love and cherish relationship with others, family, friends, even enemies. Let’s be His emissaries during this season and extend our love to everyone we meet so that maybe, just maybe, we might get to Make Jesus Known to someone who needs to get back into connection with our heavenly Father. Live out Christmas for the next few weeks. You will be glad you did! Just a thought.


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