Colossians 1:15-19 (ESV) The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[a] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,"
For many of us, we were blessed to enjoy a Christmas Eve Service at our church. Our kids were able to be part of the Candlelight song and worship time. The anticipation building to a wonderful night of hope and excitement. You can listen to them in their beds excited for what presents may come in the morning. Can you feel it in the air? Can you tell that something is different this time of year? Christmas lights, decorations and giddy children are anticipating Christmas Day - the days when all the mayhem and excitement is met with huge anticipation and glee and then in a flash and just a moment all the presents are unwrapped and devoured. Presents are played with for the ensuing weeks and some, even some, can last a very long time.
I often think about the gift of salvation with a God who understands that there is nothing that we could have done, could do, or will ever be able to do to bring us closer and justified to a Holy God. So, knowing this, and knowing all of our shortcomings - we cannot be trusted - we sin every day - God does the unimaginable and sends his Son to earth to be born of a virgin in a lowly manger (a manger which feeds animals) to bear the sin of the world. As I unwrap this present throughout the year, I cannot help but think that this is a God who I want to know more and more everyday. This is the Son who I want to shine his light to the world. He deserves it! He alone - earns it.
As a legacy dad, I hope to be able to instill the importance of this gift to my children. I pray to God that He will call them to be his and that they will do more than accept this gift - I pray that they will live this gift to the fullest.
I cannot help but think and believe in my heart that this truly is the best Christmas Present ever: Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!
Merry Christmas to all!
Blessings from Lance and Dante.