Friday, December 24, 2010

Celebrating One Night in Bethlehem Day 12

 At Just the Right Time

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8; ESV

One night over 2,000 years ago in the small village of an extraordinary event happened.  In some aspects it didn’t seem very extraordinary, a mother giving birth to a son.  It is something that happens every day. Yet there were some things which marked this event as special and unique.  There was the angel’s message to a young girl that she would give birth to a son, there was the angel army’s proclamation of peace on earth, and the bright star in the sky which led a group of foreign scholars to see and worship this special child.

That one night in Bethlehem still has significance for us today.  It is the birth of Jesus that provides us with evidence that God loves us and that He cares about the circumstances of our lives.  In Jesus we know that God has not abandoned us to the consequences of sin, rather He has orchestrated the events of history to bring restoration to His creation.

As we conclude our Christmas journey I want us to reflect for a moment on the phrase: at the right time Christ.  You see Jesus wasn’t God’s back up plan to rescue a world gone wrong, He was the plan from the very beginning.  God’s choice of Abraham, His guidance of Israel, His call of Zechariah and Elizabeth to be John’s parents, and His choice of Mary and Joseph to raise Jesus are all part of God working through history to restore His fallen creation.

I think at Christmas we can take great comfort in the fact that God is not some distant god who demands our worship or he will send us to hell.  Instead God is very concerned about us and desires that we have a relationship with Him.  In spite of our rebellion God took the initiative to do what was necessary to rescue us from Satan, sin, and death.  When the time was perfect, when the world was ready to receive her savior, God set Jesus to us.  Jesus came not to condemn us, but to save us.  What a glorious thought that is for us.

Before you close this short devotional take a moment to approach God in prayer.  Confess the sin that is holding you back in your walk with Christ, humbly offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice, and thank Him for not giving up on you and sending Jesus to rescue you from sin.  What a reason we have for celebrating Christmas!

Here is the point I want you to ponder today: Christmas is a time to worship the God who did not give up on us, but took the initiative to save us for sin.


middy1 said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for returning to your writing. I enjoy all you write and often share it with others. Be Blessed today and always.

P.B. Steele said...

Merry Christmas Middy. Thanks for reading my blog and I appreciate your comments.

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