Thursday, December 25, 2014

And He Showed Up - Merry Christmas


The song, “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas,” has real meaning in the Pacific Northwest. If a lawn has a snowman adorning it, it was bought at a store. Rarely does snow show up for the PNW’er unless they go up to the mountains. Except this year, the mountain doesn’t have snow like it usually does. Not even the tourist town of Leavenworth is covered with snow.

Snow rarely shows up.

Quite a few years ago my family faced the unexpected death of my Uncle. After his death, a group from church made their way to my Aunt’s house, and spent the day helping her with yard work.
I remember her explaining that it touched her, because they “showed up.”

A few thousand years ago, on a starry night, that is what God did. He “showed up.”

“Immanuel” – God with us, appeared on the earth, in the form of a baby, named Jesus, God’s son.

The birth of a baby is such a wonderful thing. What makes Jesus birth even more exciting, is this is not where His life started.

The Bible says Jesus always has been.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1.

The Bible also tells us in Phillipians 2:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus showed up, and He walked among us. He is still here today, by His Spirit, that lives within us.
That’s what this awesome holiday is really all about.

It’s the greatest gift that ever was given to the entire world. You just have to open up your heart and receive it.

From my house to yours, have a Merry Christmas! And may you be filled with the love and joy that comes from above.





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