Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Over?

We had a white Christmas! We also had a bit of a blow along with the white as the wind roared in from the north. I am still enjoying the Christmas holiday, but for many Christmas is over. What happened with our Lord for the next 30 years after His magnificent birth celebration?

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:40)

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke 2:52)

Looking back on your/my transition from infant to toddler and adolescence, would anyone write that about us? When it comes to the teenage years, many of us might read something like, "And then puberty hit, and he/she became a complete stranger in the house, spiced with moments of sheer idiocy." Reviewing some of our more hair-brained moments in those years, many might wonder how we made it to adulthood at all.

Then Jesus began His world-changing ministry.

Do as Jesus would do: how can any of us ever measure up to that? Oh, and by the way, He died on the cross to make restitution for our sins, and then rose again on the third day. I think living in His grace will be quite enough for me to work on in this life, and I will need His help even to do that. Fortunately for me and those like me, His Christmas gift just keeps on giving!

Have a wonderful new week in Christ Jesus!


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