Monday, December 01, 2008

As I re-did my blog I began thinking about Christmas and what it means to us.  I've been reading Luke and in Chapter 1 verse 67 an old man named Simeon rejoiced when he saw the baby Jesus and said, 

"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, A light for the revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory to your people Israel."

The Holy Spirit had come to Simeon and promised that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ the Messiah. What a remarkable day for this man to see the promised Messiah!

It's amazing to me that not everyone would know the power of this moment in history (They soon will!). To many people the story doesn't pack the same punch as it should. This little baby would become the last sacrifice. The lamb that was slain for the forgiveness of our sins.  The whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth as a baby, was to not only experience what we as humans go through but to be the perfect sacrifice that was needed to heal the relationship between God and man. 

This is good news!


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Anonymous said...

Yes, the true meaning of Christmas is such good news!! Love Grandma

Daniel said...

Hi Gretchen,

Reading your post here helped to inspire me to write a post about gifts & giving... Of course I love the ambience of the Christmas season like everyone else; however, the good news & true values of Christmas were not meant to be limited to just one month every year or to simply be a seasonal thing~~~but instead meant as a way of life that lives in us day-to-day for an entire lifetime, from mother earth into Heaven.... Did I tell you that I Love Christmas!