This morning I was spending some time in the quiet place, pondering this season where we remember a milestone in the ultimate rescue plan, the ultimate display of sacrifical love. Love in the form of a Sovereign Lord, the King of the Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Most High, the great ‘I am’, who chose to start on the road to Calvary.
A thought struck me as I was praying.
Even though the Word says to fight the good fight and to run our race…
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Tim 4:7-8 (NIV)
… truth is He’s already won the fight…
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30 (NIV)
Truth is all He asks is for us to love Him and love people. To trust and obey. To walk in step with the Spirit. To run this race with our eyes fixed upon Jesus. To run with Him, to run towards Him.
Even as He runs towards us, even as He holds us, even as He continues to fight for us, even as He stoops down to make us great.
Just like a father who is there for his kid as he/she begins to learn how to walk, just toddling off, stumbling, fumbling, finding our footing… He is with us. The difference is that we have a sure foundation, a sure assurance of faith in Him, the Rock.
Even as our faith continues to be refined, even as we are shaped by the Potter’s hands, …
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
…we step closer and closer to our Father.
Let Your name be talked about this season.
Let the ultimate story of love, joy and hope be one that is shared and praised this Christmas.
Let the true reason for why we celebrate Christmas ring out across the nations.
Let us carry the aroma of the knowledge of Christ this Christmas.
Let us be the light and the salt in this world.
Thank you Jesus. Thank you that there is a reason for this season.