December 24, 2016

Today you should read: Matthew 11

There is a lot in these 30 verses, but today in light of the Christmas season, focus in on verses 25-30. In this passage, Jesus makes his declaration of His divine self-consciousness. This declaration gives authority to the next statements that Jesus makes.

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus is inviting us to come to him; knowing that we are all carrying a heavy burden, the weight and shame of sin. Jesus is well aware that we are separated from God forever due to that sin. So the invitation to Him is not just an invitation to make our lives easier, or to simply fix our problems. We often look at God as the person we go to when things are going rough so that he will make it better. This statement Jesus is making for us to come to Him goes much deeper than that kind of fortune cookie mentality. He invites us to come to Him as he is the way to lift the weight of sin, and to clothe us in His righteousness. No longer do we have to carry the weight of our sin, through Jesus we are able to take His yoke, (His Holiness) which He says is light.

Have you forgotten this Christmas season what it is all about? It is so easy to get extremely busy and caught up in the shopping, and parties, and decorating, and eating. Don’t let those things distract you from the truth that is Jesus’ birth. The birth, without which we would not be able to or even have the opportunity to come to Jesus. Without Jesus coming to this earth we would not have a way. Take some time today to remember what Christmas is about. Not the carols, not the light, or presents, or food, or even being with family and friends. We can do and have all of those things and miss what it is about. Christmas is a day to celebrate the moment that our Holy God came from heaven to earth so that we could have the opportunity to go from earth to heaven.

By: Dakota Gragg

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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