I sent this email to Chi Alpha this morning and wanted to share it with you all! I hope you’re amazed by Jesus today!
Greetings Chi Alpha!
Well, here we are. The day after Christmas has arrived. It’s unseasonably warm here in Charlottesville and doesn’t quite feel like Christmas happened yesterday to me. It should feel like it happened, and my living room bears witness to the fact that it happened. We are knee deep in kid’s books and random toys that make noise and blocks and outfits. So. Many. Little. Girl. Outfits.
As I was thinking about writing this email, I thought I would write about New Year’s Resolutions and the chance to make some goals for the upcoming year. I enjoy making goals and planning for the year to come. But, then in my continual reflection, I realized how commercial I had become about Christmas. It’s a lot of build up to the day, and then it’s kind of over. It’s time to move on to the next year.
I heard a wise man say once that the most amazing thing about the Jesus was that God was able to fit himself inside human flesh without busting through the seams. The more I thought about that statement, the more amazing it became. And it all started one Christmas morning some two thousand years ago! God, Himself, came down to earth and became human. How incredible is that! The God of the universe, the Creator of all things, the most Powerful, Almighty, became a baby, then a boy, then a man.
I want to continue to be amazed by that statement, by that truth. I don’t want my amazement with the figure of Jesus to build up to Christmas morning and then go out into the New Year. I want it to continue to grow and grow and grow!
I pray that you would continue to be amazed by the figure of Jesus today. That you would find comfort in the fact that Jesus is the perfect human. That He understands the situation you are in right now because He has been there.
Oftentimes, when I think about this, I’m drawn to the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (bold and italics mine)
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
I pray that you would be able to approach the throne of grace today, with confidence because there is a God there who became human, was tempted, trialed, crucified, raised to life to be the victory over sin and death for us. Be amazed by that figure of grace today!
I’m looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!