Bible Reading: Psalm 126

When you stop to consider the chain of events that Christmas sets in motion, it is humbling to see all of the great things God has done for humanity.  Romans 5 teaches us that at the right time, Christ was born in order to save the ungodly.  That’s us!  We were ungodly sinners that were in need of redemption, and God sent His Son to earth in order to save us.  This is our heart’s dream come true!  As the opening verse of Psalm 126 says, “we were like those who dream.”

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When you think about the birth of Christ, and what that means for us as the people of God, doesn’t 126:2 become a reality for you?  Does your mouth fill with laughter at the arrival of the Savior to earth?  Are their shouts of joy on your tongue due to the life of Jesus?  Do you truly realize the great things God has done for us?  More than any of other people group in the world, Christians should be glad and overflowing with inexpressible joy.  Galatians 4:4-5 tells us, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”  This gives us reasons to shout for joy and worship with our hearts filled with love and thanksgiving to God.

At one time, our sin had us filled with sorrow and gave us many reasons to weep.  But since God has sent Christ to the earth to save us from sin, we have reasons to celebrate.  The Lord has done a great thing for His people!  He has taken care of our greatest need.  We were captured and arrested by sin, but God sent Jesus to be born, live and die on the cross, so that we could be released and set free.  We have received the greatest Christmas gift in the form of the baby of Bethlehem.  God has done a great thing for us, His people.  Christmas is a time to celebrate and shout for joy at what God has done.  I pray that the joy of Christmas would fill your heart to overflowing, and that your home would be filled with the peace and love of the Lord.  He has done a great thing for us, and we should celebrate accordingly.

Call to Action: Christians need to remember how to celebrate God.  We can get excited for a football game, a birthday party, or a wedding, but why can’t we get excited to go to church on Sunday?  Our churches should be filled with celebrating and shouts of joy.  Who has something to celebrate more than being saved from your sins and becoming a child of God?  There is no greater gift or reason to be glad.  With Christmas all around us, we are focusing on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Make this Christmas one of celebration.  Read the Christmas story with your family, and spend time praising and thanking God for the miraculous gift of His Son.  When you attend church, do not sit idly by, but worship God for the great things He has done.  You have a reason to celebrate, so celebrate with all of your heart!

AuthorLarkin Sumerlin