Our Bible verse for today: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Christmas is about more than just Christmas.”
Christmas is about more than just Christmas. By that I mean that Christmas is not just about the birth of Jesus. It’s not just about Jesus coming into the world so He could one day die upon a cross to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can then go to heaven. Christmas is about that, but Christmas is about life too.
The implications of Christmas extend to all of life. One of the reasons Jesus lived for thirty-three years on this earth is so that He could experience life as we do. That’s what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews meant when he said that we have a high priest (Jesus) who is able to understand and sympathize with the things we deal with in life.
And it’s also why, in Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus was able to issue this invitation to us: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus offers to walk through life with us. As a human being He experienced life as we do. Now as the Resurrected Lord, and by means of His Holy Spirit living in your heart, He is willing and eager to walk through life with you, helping you to deal effectively with whatever issue you are facing. “Come to me” He said. “Let’s do this together. Walk side-by-side with me and we will carry the burdens and deal with the issues together.”
One of the reasons we celebrate the Advent season is so our Christmas celebration will strengthen our relationship with the Lord. Focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, with all of it’s implications for eternity, but also for all of life, makes us stronger. Christmas is about more than just Christmas. The implications of Christmas extend to all of life.