Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name IMMANUEL, which translated means, ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1: 23).Well done, faithful beloved one of the Father and Son. You have completed the Autumn Harvest 2014 and are ready to enter the Winter Watch 2015. Included in God’s renewed covenant with Noah was the assurance the seasons of the earth would not cease until we enter the new heaven and earth (Genesis 8: 22). Winter actually invites the New Year in. To finish out the old and set the New Year aright, God in all His goodness allows us the great and glorious celebration of Christ’s birth.
The preparation for the Winter Watch has caused me to ask, and allow the Holy Spirit to do some fresh and serious searching and cleansing of my heart, soul and mind once again. There are eternal lessons we can learn from the Christmas Narrative in God’s Word. Many missed His coming by rejecting the OT prophecy, fearing society’s rejection, being unwilling to be separated from the world and because of plain old self-centered living. But instead of focusing on those who missed His coming, I would rather concentrate on the ones who watched for, waited on and saw the fulfilled Word of God. The lives of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, Shepherds, Simeon and Anna displayed what truly matters in this lifetime: living hope waiting upon the Lord in worshipful submission. Their watching for His promise was based in their hope upon the Word of WHO they were waiting for: GOD in FLESH! They knew the life to be received from His life given is enough! All they desired was Jesus. Not one of these dear saints of Christmas entered in with the expectation of “getting” anything other than Jesus; in fact it cost them everything earthly. But God assured them that Immanuel, God with Us, sufficed. He was the salvation from everything but life… and life is WHO they longed for- Eternal life- JESUS CHRIST – the SAVIOR FOR ALL THE WORLD.
Personally, as I approach this season of watching and waiting, I realized often times my hope is built around receiving what I am asking for instead of seeking Jesus to know and love Him, believing that my hope should be in Him alone. Mary was filled with hope and praise because she was waiting with her hope placed in one promise: God’s Word. And blessed is she who believed, because there will be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her from the Lord Luke 1:45. We have His spoken Word, His written Word and the witness within of the Living Word. Will I again and again identify with Mary and believe? Will I wait for the One who is here now, alive, pouring His Spirit into my life, knowing He will supply every need, meet every desire and fulfill every promise given under heaven? For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes,’II Corinthians1: 20a.
Am I willing to relinquish all of “my” earthly wants and fleshly needs to Jesus alone who is life eternal? Jesus IS Enough. Is He Enough for me? AMEN and AMEN! “And through Christ, our ‘AMEN’ (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.” II Corinthians 1:20b
JOYOUS CHRISTmas and Hope-filled New Year!