Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Why We Need Christmas?

"I am a sinner.’"

Luke 18:13-14 (NLT) 
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 

Father as we approach Christmas Day and all of the celebration and joy it brings, may we remember that Jesus did not come to just bring peace but to especially make peace possible between us and You and each other.

Colossians 1:19-22 (NLT) 
     1 9 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 

Father should we not be astounded by our former spiritual condition as sinners, as enemies, as separated, as unjustified, as unreconciled, having no peace and unable to help ourselves. We were totally at Your mercy and Your gracious mercy is the gift we needed and was given to us in Your beloved Son on that first Christmas morn. 

Now we are redeemed, reconciled, and have peace with God and the peace of God. All, Father, because of your mercy which is why we need Christmas. As the Apostle Paul reminds us: "Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us."  Romans 5:1 (NLT) 

Thank you Father for the price that was paid that we might have mercy, forgiveness and peace through faith in Your Son. Amen. 

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