Christmas is the time of giving thanks for the hope, love and peace that God has giving to us. First hope in that He sent His son to save the world and now we are “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” (Titus 2:13 KJV), the Second Advent or second coming of Christ. Second love, the love of God Who “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV). God’s love is eternal and an everlasting love where He laid down His life for ours so that we may have life eternal with Him. God created us for fellowship and it is not until we are reconciled back to Him, through Jesus’ finished work, that His loving relationship can be experienced by us. He give His all that we might become His all for all eternity. Now we can rejoice, in that we can be reconciled back into right fellowship with God and have eternal life in a glorious heaven. Finally there is peace. The peace that surpasses all understanding, (Philippians 4:7), that we receive when we believe the gospel message.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10, 13 KJV)
The good news that we can be reconciled to God and the enmity between God and man because of sin can be laid to rest. Peace from our past, present and future with God our Saviour. (2 Corinthians 1:10).
This Advent season keep looking up for the blessed hope and His glorious appearing and in remembrance that we have been giving hope, love, joy and peace and so shall we have it when He comes again, Maranatha.