Today is an amazing day! Its a day when we spend time with family, gather around tables with superfluous quantities of food, and share gifts with one another. It is always a highlight of my year. In the midst of all the excitement lets take a least a few minutes to reflect on what this day is really all about. Over 2,000 years ago God chose to come to earth to be with us and for us. In Jesus God chose to spend time walking among us, teaching us, showing us how to best live life, and showing His love for us. It’s a pretty big deal that the creator of the world would choose to leave a perfect heaven to spend time with us, His creation! But, God had even bigger plans. He came not only to be with us, but to be radically for us. Because even on that first Christmas God had Easter in mind. God knew then that he would suffer and die on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, and then rise three days later, forever conquering sin and death for us. The following scripture lays this out beautifully: 

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:9-16

Lets really let it sink in how big of a deal today is. Today we celebrate that God chose to be with us and for us for all eternity. We have received the ultimate gift: grace upon grace. Enjoy that perfect gift today, tomorrow, and for all eternity. God bless, and Merry Christmas!