MERRY CHRISTMAS AND
MANY BLESSINGS IN THE NEW YEAR!
It is such an awesome time to think of how Christ came for us sent from heaven to reach into our lives. A couple of Scriptures that come to mind this Christmas season are:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” The Son of God gives peace in the heart, a peace that passes all understanding, to those who receive him as Savior. His favor rests on those who receive Him by faith through grace by believing upon his Son! For grace is unmerited favor! When we receive Christ His favor rests on us freely not by anything we have done but by His grace through faith in what He has done for us, Hallelujah!
As well as this Scripture in John 1:11-12: "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
Jesus came right to those who had the very prophecies about His coming. However spiritually blinded as they were, they weren’t able to see the fulfillment of the ancient Scripture right in front of them. Yet those who opened their eyes and believed in Him were born anew as children of God.
Christ continues to reach out through the ages! He has reached us who were on the fringes looking in, while those He came directly to refused Him, such an enigma, but praise God he opened our eyes by grace. He has paid the price for sin, and those who by faith receive Him and His free gift of pardon are adopted into His heavenly family.
What an act of humility when you think about the very son of God’s willingness to be born in a manger—to enter earth so humbly and hidden. Yet those with faith who perceive who He is and believe find glorious salvation. It is amazing that we who receive Him as Savior are adopted as his very own children.
May the wonder of the little child born in a manger who reaches out with such grace and mercy to a lost, broken, and sinful world drenched in strife and senseless violence, be made new in your mind and heart this Christmas as you remember that the very Son of God robed in glory made His entrance into the world in the most humble circumstance to reach out to us in our fallen state.
It is such an awesome thing to remember that no matter where you go or what you do you are a child of God by faith in Jesus and that He is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us, no not ever!! The world may fail and nations may fall but His Kingdom endures forever!!!
Many blessings to you this Christmas! Bryan, Mercedes, and Patrick Marleaux