As we say Merry Christmas to you this year, I am left wondering again: What is Christmas?
Is it about gifts, family and eager expectation? In all these things our gaze gets distracted and we forget to truth behind them.
Christmas is about the gift that God gave to all of us in Christ. Christ was the first gift and in him we find our last gift. In Christ we have acceptance, we have love and we have salvation. Without the gift of Christ, we are lost.
Christmas is about the family that we have been adopted into through Christ, the first gift. We are becoming sons and daughters of God. We are restored into right relationship with each other and with our Father God.
Christmas is about eagerly awaiting the moment when we receive our gift in full. We are waiting and we must learn to do so patiently as we mature as God’s sons and daughters.
Have hope* this Christmas as you receive your gifts, spend time with your family and eagerly await all that is to come in the new year.
“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:23-25
*Hope (elpis): Expectation of good; joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. On hope on the author of hope, on the foundation.