Matthew 28:20 (Amplified Bible) – “…and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).”
With winter fast approaching, many of us are looking forward to the merriment and solace of the Christmas holiday. Christmas is a particularly sacred and reflective time of year for Christians. It is an introspective period during which many believers contemplate the birth of Christ, the meaning of His brief time on earth, and His redemptive sacrifice.
Christmas is a time for personal transformation, and determining how we can best reflect the spirit of love and giving that Christ exemplified. Christmas is also a time for rejoicing because it reminds us that God has intimate knowledge and insight into the human experience. He did not just appear as a man, fully grown, to assume the role of Savior. Jesus came to earth, in the form of an infant child – a God wrapped in the vulnerability of skin and bone.
He is our creator, yet he assumed a lesser form to become acquainted with the trials and struggles of human existence. We serve a God who is near to us right now, not just during the season celebrating His birth. According to Romans 5:5 (NIV), “…God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” We feel His great love and manifestation in our lives, when we come together to worship Him, in quiet moments of prayer, and in the simple, everyday miracles of existence. The Spirit of God dwells among us, as the very real and tangible presence of the Living God. “…The Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:26-28 – NIV). And, if we crave a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, we can reach out to Him wherever we are and connect with Him instantly through prayer (Psalms 42:1-2; Psalms 5:1-2; Job 22:26-28).
Jesus cares deeply for every living soul, so much so that He was willing to sacrifice His life for our sins. God is with us through every season of life, continually caring and providing for us, and strengthening us in good and difficult times. God is not distant from us, and nothing can change or alter the love and connection God has with his followers. Romans 8:38-39 (Amplified Bible) states “…that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” During the Christmas holiday, while we are celebrating the birth of Christ, we should also celebrate the nearness of the Living God and rejoice in His presence in our lives and hearts every day!
By: Lisa Stafford- Johnson