May I share with you what Christmas means to me?
I’m a traditional Christian.
Christianity has been rightly defined as “a love story set in the midst of a great battle.” I find that to be true.
In the last couple of years or so I have been repeatedly stunned – that is the correct word – to actually see the meaning of certain verses in Luke 4 wherein Jesus says why He came. This, you may recall, is when He comes into the temple, stands up and reads to the church the reason He became flesh. He read:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor,
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Then He sits down.
I always thought that Jesus just came to save us from our sins, but I was blown away (a little ’60’s lingo for ya, there) by what He Himself said He came to do – Heal the broken-hearted? Bring deliverance, sight and liberty? I’m in!
I’ve been a Christians for years and years, but this healing and liberty stuff was strong drink, not really understood until I saw the message of Luke 4 for simply what it is: Jesus brings deliverance, healing, liberty, and sight! Jesus is every bit as concerned about the wounds and hits we have taken as He is about our sins.
I do hope that you will ask Jesus what He would like to do in your life – maybe something involving healing and liberty?
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
His offer is life.
May all the peace and joy that Jesus offers be yours this Christmas!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!