Spiritual Notes, Dec. 3, 2007 December 3, 2007 ^
coming at an hour you do not expect
If what happened that first Christmas night were to literally happen again, year after year, there still would be people who would find some reason for putting off getting ready to meet him until next year. Jesus never comes at the right time! Some things never change! Just as, on that first Christmas morning, when the Messiah came, there were many hearts and homes closed against him, so will it continue to be per omnia secula secularum (forever and ever). And one of those times will be his Final Coming; time will be no more; and the last train will have left the station. All diets start on Monday! Today is the day you were always going to do all those things you kept putting off till tomorrow! There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
Some things never change, but one thing has changed. Bethlehem is no longer outside Jerusalem! It is in your heart, and it is there that the manger must be prepared for this Christmas. Because of our brokenness, and the human condition, we have nothing better to offer, nor does God choose to be born anywhere else than where Salvation is most needed.
It is vital for us to appreciate the wonderful gift of Time. God is totally a God of now ('I am who am'). The only yes in my whole life in which he is interested is my yes of now. Today is a very unique and special gift, and not everyone received that gift. Because it is a gift, could that be why we call it 'the present'?! Written on the gift are the words 'batteries included'. With each day comes the daily bread for living that day.
Mary said yes at the annunciation, and so Christmas followed. Christmas is God saying yes to us, as he comes to rescue us, to set us free from our own bondage, and to bring us safely home for all eternity. My own personal yes could be the only piece of the formula of salvation still not in place…
Take at least one minute out today, go down into your heart, open the door, and say your own personal yes to Jesus for this Christmas. You don't have to understand it … just do it!
As the holly, the decorations, the jingle bells, and all the down-town razzmatazz builds up, just continue to keep in touch with your heart, where you want the manger to be. As you buy Christmas gifts, or convey good wishes this Christmas just make sure that all of that is coming from your heart, so that your gift is really a gift, and your good wishes are really a blessing.
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