The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
Throughout the Christmas Season, I have been referencing this verse from Psalm 145. It jumped out at me in early December because of its simplicity and significance. In my final blog for the year on this Christmas Eve, I thought I would share why I feel this verse is so significant at the celebration of Christ’s birth.
First, the act of God sending his Son to earth to redeem what had been lost is an amazing act of righteousness. On Christmas God is seeking to make the world right - to bring justice. He is bringing His Kingdom forward for the good of all Creation.
Second, God’s continued pursing of his Creation is an incredible act of faithfulness. In all the messiness, darkness and betrayal that God has seen from His Creation, He has not given up on us. Instead He devised a perfect plan to redeem us that brings all honor and glory to God as our Savior and at the same time honors and equips His Creation to be a part of the new Kingdom. What faithfulness!
These two words - righteousness and faithfulness - are powerful lenses from which to view Christmas. What verse has God given you this Christmas to bring the Gift He gave to life?
Last night after our Christmas Eve Service, our family sat around our table and lit the advent candles as we have done most every night in December. As we reflected on Christ’s birth amid the sugar buzz from the cookies, we talked about how millions and millions of people in every corner of the world were celebrating with us this very evening!
It’s an amazing thought. As I celebrate Christmas with my family today, I will actually be remembering our Savior with each of you and millions of others on every continent and in every country. The Good News of Jesus’ birth has spread that far!
That takes our Christmas celebrations to a whole new level. As we more clearly understand that God’s words throughout the Bible are being realized in front of us, the only response is stop all the activity of the holidays and worship Him.
In Isaiah 25:8 God’s Word says, “The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.” Each Christmas is a step closer to this promise. As we celebrate with those we love today, let us ask God to allow us to be part of bringing in His Kingdom as we get ready to begin a new year.
I pray that each of you will have a Spirit-led, intentional role in God’s Kingdom this year.