Day 25 – Resurrection, ascension, and invitation of Jesus
Christmas! At last, it’s here. We’ve waited the whole year… or at least we’ve been excitedly waiting or steadily anticipated it. So today we celebrate the birth of our savior. Maybe we have children (like us) who have gifts to open and had trouble sleeping last night. Maybe today is the day we’ve been holding our breath for as we had a hectic several past weeks. Or maybe, today is a little sad as you perhaps are remembering those who you’ve lost this year or in years past.
Whatever the case may be, today is a special day for many. Some may see it as a day to celebrate family or reflect on how blessed we are. I do agree: it’s a family celebration! Especially for those who are in the family of God and followers and believers of Jesus. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and reflect on his invitation: follow him and have eternal life in Heaven.
Sometimes I wonder why so many would celebrate our Christian holiday if they don’t believe in or follow Christ? There are many traditions of the holidays and seems even those who are not Christians play along and leave Jesus out. And then God teminded me of grace and purpose: what an opportunity for those who may not know Jesus, to be able to celebrate this day. Perhaps seeds are being planted as they gather with family and follow other Christmas traditions that may or may not shine the spotlight on Jesus… but seeds are always being planted by God. We never know who may have seeds of scripture and love being planted and wateterd for seasons and seasons before ever coming to know Jesus. I have been reminded many times to extend grace to those who celebrate the holidays in a way that may not even involved Christ…. this is a time for joy and love and peace, and may I even suggest, a time for planting seeds for salvation!
As we get to our reading today we are reading the resurrection and invitation of Jesus today. The invitation is there and the choice is yours, God will not force you to do anything because he gave us free will. But he will provide many opportunities because He loves us and wants no one to perish. I pray you reflect on these things and tuck them into your heart.
John 3:16-17 ESV (emphasis added)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
I pray each of you have a wonderful day- however you are celebrating! I pray you feel the love of God and your family surrounding you as we celebrate this joyous day. Remember to slow down and cherish this day.
 Luke 24  John 3:13-17
 Psalm 16:10  Numbers 21:6-9
 John 5-7