1 John 5:11
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
This is not only John’s testimony to what he witnessed firsthand, but what all of us can testify to if we have yielded our lives completely to Christ. The best gifts of all don’t come wrapped under trees but lie deep within our hearts so that our mouths can proclaim the great things God has done in us, for us, and through us.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
It was only through Christ’s death that we can receive mercy. Because of God’s holiness, we were not worthy to be God’s children because of our faithlessness to Him. But Jesus’ death paid the penalty of our death so we can receive the grace and mercy in our sin.
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.”
Jesus, the light of the world, came to push back the darkness. Now he is alive in heaven, and all who trust in him are covered by his cleansing blood and filled with his Holy Spirit, so we too can have the power of light that dispels darkness. God’s people wait in hope as he promised to return again.
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet.”
In the birth of Jesus, God showed he remembers his promises. He will still remember his promises through to fruition.
Have a blessed season, one focused on the Savior. As you enjoy loved ones and activities, mediate on these verses to keep your mind focused on what is true, right, and noble, instead of what takes our focus off the Savior.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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