I’ve written before that I became a Christian just before Christmas (in 1984). And that my first Christmas as a believer was so special and filled with wonder at what God had done in sending Jesus to be our Saviour.
The opening words from the Gospel of John set the context of eternity:
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome [or understood] it”.
God had his plan for our salvation in the beginning! Jesus being fully God but becoming fully human was the only solution. I read a quote from Bishop Handley Moule recently: “A Saviour who is not wholly God and wholly man would be like a bridge broken at one end”.
But John 1:9-10 reminds us that there is resistance to God’s message of salvation:
“9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognise Him”.
However, as followers of Jesus He commissions us to make disciples, baptise (in that name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and teach them to obey everything He has commanded until He returns. I thank God that this process of disciple-making enabled me to experience the wonder of knowing and following Him.
Either as a follower of Jesus who is not experiencing that wonder, or as one who is yet to put their trust in Him, I invite you to heed His words in Revelation 3:20:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”.
The LORD bless you and keep you …