December 25, 2012

Contemplate this Christmas

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Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given!

Over the month of December, we posted advent devotionals written by Rev. David Tigchelaar each week. Today we celebrate Christmas Day and we pray that this final meditation will be a blessing to you as you contemplate what our Lord has done for us.

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his Name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." (John 1:12)

The word 'yet' is a very small word, but it packs a punch.

As the Bible uses it here in the Gospel of John, it is a word that is filled with hope and meaning. The Bible says, “Jesus came to his own but his own received him not....YET to all who received him he gave the right...

Today is Christmas.

All over the world we pause to contemplate the Christmas story. From EduDeo Ministries, we wish you a wonderful Christmas celebration. As you gather with family and with your communities of Faith, we urge you also to contemplate this little word 'yet'.

It reminds us today that what we celebrate in Christ this Christmas Day is a gift that must be received. Today we will be excited to give gifts that will be received by loved ones. We will be disappointed if the gift we give is rejected.

In a more profound and deep way, despite rejection, Jesus invites us to receive Himself as a gift that keeps giving.

"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. YET..." (John 1:10-12ff.)

The world is a different place when Jesus is received and the right is given to become children of God. It starts with the little word 'yet'.

May God bless you today with the right and the power hidden in this one word. It’s a doorway to service and work in His Name! It’s the entryway to a life lived for eternity.

Merry Christmas!


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