|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men.” Daniel 4:17 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “The presence of Jesus in the world makes a difference now.”
Yesterday we spent some time thinking about the fact that Christmas is about more than just the birth of Jesus. It’s even about more than just a birth that led to a death on the cross which led to your salvation and mine. The meaning and implications of Christmas extend to all of life, and even to the moment-by-moment issues of life.
Today I want to continue that thought but extend it to what the birth of Jesus means for the world at-large. Track with me on this: Jesus was born, He lived, He died on the cross, and then He ascended back to heaven. After that the Holy Spirit came to us, on the Day of Pentecost, and now resides here on earth in the hearts of the followers of Jesus (Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 6:19) Because this is true, Jesus actually lives His life through the lives of His followers, doing His work and producing His fruit in this world through our lives (John 15:5).
The presence of Jesus in the world today, through the lives of His followers, is a powerful force for good in a world that is otherwise broken and bleeding. For two thousand years the followers of Jesus have been feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, caring for orphans and widows, establishing hospitals and schools, visiting in nursing homes, visiting in prisons, comforting the grieving, encouraging the hopeless, being a friend to the friendless, going on mission trips, and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.
Beyond that, the work of the Holy Spirit through the lives of the followers of Christ is a great restraining influence on the spread of evil in this world. That is the case today, but it won’t always be the case. In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 the Apostle Paul describes how it is that at the time of the rapture, when all the Christians are taken out of the world, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit stops. Then the world will see what pure, unrestrained evil really looks like. As bad as this world seems today, it is nothing compared to what it will be in that day. But for today, evil is being restrained and pushed back by the work of the Holy Spirit in the world through the lives of the followers of Jesus.
Christmas accomplished all of that. Christmas is about more than just the birth of Jesus. Christmas is about being able to make a positive difference in this world, now, thanks to the fact that Jesus came the first time back then. I encourage you to accomplish some good in this world today as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior.