December 12 Devotional

Santa Claus and Rudolph and mistletoe and candy canes and tinsel and shopping and … have crowded our attention with the purpose of replacing the real meaning of Christmas.  Today I was reading in the book of Hebrews and was reminded again why we celebrate Christmas.  “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil … Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:14, 17-18).

 

I hope you take the time to read these verses and don’t just fly right past them.  These verses contain the true meaning of Christmas.  You and I (flesh and blood) were without hope; separated from a holy God because of our unholiness.  God in His great mercy left the absolutely indescribable beauties of Heaven to be made flesh and blood so that He could destroy the eternal death that was awaiting each of us.  He took on this human cloak, and wore it for about thirty-three years without sin, so that He could stretch His arms wide on a cross and die for the sins of the entire world.  He did all that for you and for me … amazing love … how can it be?  According to verse eighteen, He did all that so He could purchase the guarantee of our reconciliation back to a God that demands righteousness.

 

Now comes the part that totally falls on as our responsibility.  Jesus Christ has done all He can to provide this salvation for all mankind; what are you doing to tell them about it?  “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him” (Hebrews 2:3).  I have heard this verse preached that we need to respond to the Gospel when we hear it; and I agree that we should.  However, this verse is speaking to those who are already saved.  The meaning behind this verse, and the meaning I hope you and I will carry all through this Christmas season is that we who are saved already … we who know the reality of this salvation … need to be careful that we do not neglect to tell others about it.  We have already been given the greatest gift of all, but God still has an extended hand to offer that same gift to “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord.”  When was the last time you invited someone to accept His gift of Jesus?  When will you tell someone?  Today looks like a perfect day to do it!