Home for Christmas?

17 Dec

Two thousand years ago Jewish believers were anxiously looking for the coming of the Christ (their Messiah). According to their Holy Scriptures, He would be born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem. They didn’t know the date; they only knew that His coming had been prophesied.

When the birth of God’s Son did take place, it wasn’t in the luxurious surroundings you would expect for the King of the Universe. Instead, He was born in a humble stable in that little town of Bethlehem. Even so, God the Father made sure that His Son’s arrival was properly celebrated by hanging a majestic star in the heavens for all to see—a star that had never before been visible in the night sky. Then He sent an angel to proclaim Christ’s birth to shepherds who were tending their flocks in the Bethlehem area. A host of angels joined them, giving glory to God. Later, wise men from the East saw His star and traveled a great distance to look upon the Christ child, bring Him gifts, and worship Him. What a celebration!

Christians all over the world continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. Why? Because the angel’s message to the shepherds on that first Christmas was for all generations.

“. . .Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:10-11 (NLT)

Jesus came into the world to seek and to save lost humanity. Once we accept His death on the cross as the full payment for our sins, we are adopted into the family of God and guaranteed an eternal home in heaven. And like the Jews in Old Testament times, Christians are waiting and watching for Jesus to come again—only this time, He will not come to earth; we will meet Him in the air.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. I Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NLT)

I believe that Jesus will be coming soon to take us to our mansion in heaven. Perhaps, we’ll be home for Christmas this year. Wouldn’t that be the greatest gift ever? I cannot wait to stand in line to see Jesus. How about you?

Should we still be here on earth this Christmas, may your celebration of our Savior’s birth be blessed with special moments with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Barbara

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