CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF REJOICING

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All history up until the birth of Jesus existed for this one event. God patiently waited for the moment, for the right time to send His Son into the world to redeem mankind. From the fall of Adam the ultimate plan that was on the mind of God was to send His Son into the earth. It was also in the heart of God’s messengers, the prophets who prophesied it hundreds of years before. Isaiah 7:14 say’s “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. There are four major events in world history all centered around Jesus, His birth, death, resurrection and His return. Everything else in the history of mankind is peripheral to these events.

His birth was and will forever be the most important event in world history. In Luke 1:26-28, it says, Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! The first thing the angel told Mary was to rejoice, because she was highly favored in being chosen to conceive, carry, birth and rear the Son of God. God wanted His Son to be raised in an atmosphere of joy, and Mary was given this instruction to ensure He would grow in that environment. Jesus as the Son of God was instinctively joyful but God the Father trusted an earthly parent to rear Him in the earthly environment of joy. What we can learn from this is that when God births anything in your life, the environment of joy will bring it to fruition. Everything flourishes in an atmosphere of joy.

Christmas is a time of rejoicing for us for the same reason given to Mary. It reminds us of God’s grace and favor in saving us, and the privilege we have of carrying Jesus in our earthly temples of flesh through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Christmas reminds us as that we have been impregnated with the presence of God, and have much to be joyful about. In 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We carry the message of joy at Christmas to the world, that they too might have the opportunity to receive and in a sense carry God’s presence everywhere they go.

As this year comes to a close, be reminded that you carry the Living God into 2014, knowing that with His biding presence, all things are possible. If you know Who you carry, you can look forward to a new year. You might not always know where you are going or the outcome, but if you know Who is with you, it doesn’t matter. You will get there and it will be good.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Tom Inglis

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]