-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
The beauty, the wonder, the glory, and the celebration of our hearts at this season of the year is because of God’s indescribable gift. The gift is not peace or joy, although the gift brings peace and joy. The gift is not just a babe in a manger—the gift is a Savior. The gift is not just a man—the gift is the Messiah. The gift was not given to make us outwardly pious, but inwardly alive. The gift is life and love, grace and truth, righteousness and everything that is good. The gift is a person. The gift is God’s Son. The gift is Jesus Christ. Jesus does not have the way—He is the Way. He does not have truth—He is the Truth. He does not have life—He is the Life. When we receive God’s gift we receive Jesus, and when we have Him we have everything.
All that our hearts have ever desired, every need we face, every truth we seek, and every blessing we long for is found in Jesus Christ. There is no other person, no other relationship, no other provision, and no other source that God will use to meet our deepest needs. All things are in Jesus Christ, and we are complete in Him. He is the Fountain that quenches our thirst, the Bread that nourishes our souls, the Light that dispels our darkness, the Physician that heals our wounds, the Shepherd that guides our steps, the Counselor that gives us wisdom, the Word that establishes us in truth, the Faithful One that gives us security, the Vine that nourishes our spirits, the Dayspring that gives us hope, the Door that gives us access to the Father, and the Mighty God that rules our hearts.
What a love! What a Savior! What a gift! May our hearts be open to receive Him, may our faith be ready to trust Him, may our wills be surrendered to obey Him, may our feet and hands be committed to follow Him, may our faces be anointed to reflect Him, may our actions and attitudes be righteous to honor Him, and may our voices be uplifted to praise Him…now and forever.
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name (John 1:12).
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
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