Sunday, December 23, 2012

From the Christmas Tree to His Heavenly Abode

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Merry Christmas to all of our readers and their families and friends.  As usual, the image at the top got some thoughts going.  The picture is from a Facebook community that allows free sharing of their images with friends and family, etc.  As I looked at the image a free form thought stream began about Christ and Christmas.  I’d like to share some of that with you.

Matthew 2:1-2 (KJV)  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
It’s not the tree, it’s not the ornaments, it’s not the gifts, it’s Jesus!
Revelation 1:8 (KJV)  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
He is the top and bottom of our spiritual tree.  Top and bottom, most and least, beginning and end.  While some may say we can’t prove there is a God, they can’t prove there isn’t.  God is beyond mere earthly comprehension.  Even more so that we could use a term like Son for Christ to describe what is really a part of God’s essence.  He is our spiritual tree Who died on a tree.  He decorates our lives with His love.
Revelation 21:6b (KJV)  …I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
That tree formed of water at the beginning of the post brought this verse to mind.  Birth to Cross to burial to Resurrection, Christ brought the water of salvation’s life to our inner being.  He removed the unquenched, parched lack of God’s life from our spiritual core.  And He replaced that with the water of life, bubbling up inside our souls.
Psalm 103:17 (KJV)  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
The tree lasts but a moment.  God and His mercy began in eternity past and continue infinitely, eternally into an endless future.

2 John 1:3 (KJV)  Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Grace gives us what we don’t deserve.  Mercy takes away what we do deserve.  Neither eliminates accountability.  But both take us from a state of separation from God and set us in a place of growing unity with our Maker.  And God’s Truth and love fortify that grace and mercy, giving us salvation, God’s peace, and God’s joy.

We can have a beautiful Christmas tree, lots of presents, a huge holiday dinner.  We can get pleasure from Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” or Nat King Cole singing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire.  But all of that pales in comparison to the gift God gave us – all pain and discomfort removed; all love, happiness, and joy multiplied exponentially because we have an eternal spot next to Him.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
All those things are hard for our limited capacities to comprehend.  But, the closer we draw to God through learning His Word, the greater our understanding can become.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV)  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
That passage describes my thoughts toward everyone I know.  If you haven’t developed a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, there’s no better time than right now to accept His offer of eternal life together with Him.  It’s a present far greater than anything else we could get.  Think about the things we’ve shared today.

What God has to offer is spiritual wealth greater than any gold and diamonds.  And he has that just for you!  It’s not something like a group hug.  God tailored your blessings just for you.  All you have to do is be available to change your thinking, so that you can freely receive everything He has for you.  Ask God to come into your life and He will.  Then, find a good Bible believing church so that you can be guided into an ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  If you’ve done that, I’d like to know you made that decision.  Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post so I can pray for you.
If you’re already saved by Jesus Christ, I urge you to continue expanding your relationship with Him.  A good church, Bible college, fellowship with other believers are all essentials.  And, as you grow in Him, God will show and give more to you, increasing the peace, joy, love that you have and experience as your capacity increases to handle it.  Don’t miss a single blessing.  I’ll pray for you, too, if you let me know you’d like that.
We can enjoy the tree and the gifts and the music and the food.  But the tree that gives us the water of life is the really the gift that keeps on giving ... for a lifetime and beyond!  Merry Christmas!

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