Thank you Almighty God, our Father in Heaven, for our being kept from the deadly coronavirus, a plague to our beautiful land. Thank you, Lord, for all things in Christ Jesus, Thy Son, our Lord and Savior, our Lord and our God. With our eternal thanksgiving to You, O LORD, we now and forevermore bless your holy, mighty, awesome, glorious, eternal name, in Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.
On Easter Sunday, we Christians remember and celebrate the mighty resurrection of Jesus from the grave-when, by the power of God, He arose from the dead!
Think about this! The greatest event in all of human history, an event so great that it secured our eternal life and destiny in God, our Savior. Then I ask you: is this mighty act of God not worthy of the greatest of all our celebrations that we could do in honor of Jesus Christ, Jesus raised to a new glorious, immortal body unto future life and eternity for us? Can not, rather, should not this greatest of all things be the greatest, the grandest of any celebration we Christians are part of each year? In honor of Jesus, I should think this could be the greatest fireworks display ever; the greatest party of joy and gladness, and hope, and proclaiming the glory of Jesus, the Messiah, ever, and the way forward for us and for our salvation, everything He put in motion by His death, resurrection, and ascension up to Heaven to be with the Father. That far eclispes any New Year’s celebration, doesn’t it? So why don’t we? What are we waiting for?
And another thing. Today, as I write these thoughts, almost a year later, that what put all this in motion was when God became man! The ‘seed of the woman,’ conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary in a stable in the town of Bethlehem of Judea on a cold winter night over 2,000 years ago. There was no great ceremony of family and relatives and friends to see the newborn baby JESUS; NO, when God came into the world that He created, only the angels, the animals and some shepherds saw Him wrapped in a manger! For a KING and LORD, no birth could have been more humble.
That’s what Christmas is…remembering and celebrating with love and joy in our hearts and thanksgiving the birthday of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. There are not enough words of praise and thanks we can offer up to the Lord for His love for us in this great, great mystery!
This is how GOD, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit planned all this in the beginning. That “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that all who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). His blood was shed on the cross for us, that believing and repentance we are forgiven our sins and have eternal life with Him. He died as we must die; He was resurrected, glorified as one day we must be resurrected and glorified.
The dead who ‘sleep in Christ’ will rise from the grave, and we who are alive at that time will be changed in the blink of an eye, and together we shall meet the Lord Jesus in the air, above the clouds, and with our new, glorified, immortal bodies, just like His, we shall follow Him up to Heaven to the Father.
All that God has planned for us that started with the first Christmas cannot be expressed or contained in the joy in my heart as I watch and wait for the coming of the Lord. No celebration of joy and thanksgiving can be of greater importance! Make this the ‘party of all parties’! Let the fireworks of joy, and laughter, and dancing and singing swell across the world this holy season when Christ was born. And look how all things fall into place as it is written in the Holy Bible, God’s written word to mankind.
This too is a mystery. The time is short. What if Jesus does come tomorrow? What then? Are you ready to meet Him?
May God bless you and keep you in His care,
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.