- Remember when it was morally wrong to see a Christmas tree or hear a Christmas song before Thanksgiving?
- Remember aluminum Christmas trees?
- Remember going to one department store or mall to do ALL of your Christmas shopping, in one day?
If you're thinking, "No Russ, I have no idea what you are talking about." Don't worry; someday you will have some Christmas memories too.
Christmas has transitioned again and again. To be honest with you - I don't think that all the changes have been that bad. I don't do Black Friday, but I do love Amazon! Christmas cards have turned into e-cards. Video calls have helped grandparents connect with their grandchildren who are thousands of miles away.
So, how does Jesus' arrival change your life this Christmas?
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (ESV)
God with us!
That changed everything. Up to this time, God hadn't spoken through a prophet in 400 years (John the Baptist broke this drought.) Knowing God was considered an impossible dream.
For some of you today - you may think the same thing. Knowing God in a personal and valuable way is an impossible dream. But remember this! Jesus came in spite of the fact that the world didn't deserve Him or understand Him. While you may consider yourself unworthy of being in His presence - it is His gift to you.
Well, God was with us then - but He left and isn't here now. Not so fast.
Romans 8:11 9 You, however, are not in the flesh but the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Jesus didn't just come and go. He sent the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead, to live in our hearts. He is called, the Spirit of Christ because He connects us to Jesus, personally. Just as Jesus brought life to our world over 2,000 years ago, He is still bringing life to our hearts today.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, today I want to be alive in You! Let your Spirit dwell within me and transition my Christmas from what it is to what you want it to be. AMEN!