God exalted him to his own right hand
as Prince and Saviour
that he might bring Israel to repentance
and forgive their sins.
The Chief Priests would have preferred a king elevated in status. Perhaps then they would have believed in Christ.
But they did not humble themselves for a King who humbled himself for them, for us.
Christ only rules the hearts of those who will surrender their hearts to Him.
And aren’t you thankful for the healing Christ brings for those who believe in His name?
He brings us to a place of humble repentance when we have sinned against Him or others.
The beauty of it is that Christ forgives us if we but bow the knee in repentance. He forgives without fail as we repent of our sin.
Many are unwilling to bow the knee. To say sorry to Jesus for evil deeds done.
Nothing is too small or too great for our humble King to forgive. As we bow the knee in prayer and say we are sorry, we are forgiven. Again and again. Seventy times seven, we are to forgive others as Christ forgives us.
Our lives are a mess if we let those sins pile up and weigh us down. But as we turn from sin and ask God’s power through the Holy Spirit to overcome those sins, then we are set free.
Sadly, we can turn to Jesus for forgiveness, yet others may not forgive us.
Read with me the words of Matthew 6:14-15, “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
To me, that is cause to ask forgiveness in any situation. Perhaps you are not even at fault. But for the glory of God in our relationships, we must seek and extend forgiveness. This is what Christmas is all about! Christ came to deliver us from our sins!
Christmas is so much more than a baby in a manger, or gifts under the tree, and many exhausting celebrations.
It is about a weary world rejoicing in the new and glorious morn of Christ’s gift of salvation from our sins!
As a child our family always watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” We always thought Charlie Brown was kind of dumb.
But still it was my favourite Christmas Movie. Especially when Charlie Brown says these words with his melancholy voice…
“And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.’ And that is what Christmas is all about.”
Such a meaningful little cartoon, really. Now sadly, in 2023, they won’t play it on public television. Why? Much is portrayed that is evil and they call it good, and good can’t even make a debut’. Does that sit well with you? I don’t watch T.V. Just the odd sports game with my husband. The commercials are rubbish, so is most of the rest. I don’t support trash. I’d much rather read a good book of my own choosing, not something someone else puts in front of me to digest. Something I pick. The end.
Somehow I went off on a tangent today. I hope you will forgive me. It is Monday morning, after all.
The main point I pray you and I will take away today is that Christ came to forgive us of our sins.
Sometimes those sins are ugly and messy. But Christ comes in, shines His light into our dark hearts and makes us new again. He makes the situation new too, our circumstances with others as well.
How beautiful is that?
We must repent, though.
And forgiveness is waiting there at the foot of the cross, by the King born in a manger, come to earth to be Emmanuel, God with us, our restoration, our peace, our everything.
Won’t you bow the knee with me today and ask King Jesus to forgive us of our sins?