As we look toward Christmas and listen to the story of Jesus coming to earth as a baby, we are reminded that “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23). This isn’t just a beautiful story we tell once a year, it happened! Christmas is a time we celebrate, as a historical event, when God decided to walk among us.
Christ entered a messy world where injustice, fear and political unrest surrounded Him. God chose to walk among us and rescue us. But did He come to rescue us from the mess or something else? What did you and I need rescuing from?
To understand why we need rescuing, we have to go to the beginning, to the first book of the Bible: Genesis.
In the garden, Adam and Eve walked with God. God was with them.
Things were good until Adam and Eve were deceived into believing their way was better than God’s way. In that moment, their relationship with God changed.
When they made the decision to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, their relationship with God changed. Their eyes were opened to the differences that surrounded them. They could see the differences in one another, they saw the difference between themselves and God and they saw the differences between good and evil.
Adam and Eve made the choice to do what was right in their own eyes rather than trust that God wanted what was best for them. We do the same daily. The story of Adam and Eve represents each of our hearts and the desires we struggle with. That desire wedges its way between us and a relationship with God.
From the very beginning, when things first fell apart, God was working on a plan to rescue us from our own deceitful desires and restore our relationship. That plan included coming to earth as a small baby, living among us, dying on the cross and conquering death.
Christmas is a time when we celebrate God restoring a relationship that had been lost. “God is with us” is a restoration of how God had wanted it to be from the beginning, but our sin and our determination to do things our way kept that from happening.
This year, as you prepare your heart for Christmas, reflect on your relationship with God. Do you truly trust God or are you holding on so tightly to your opinions that you are missing out on the relationship He desires to have with you?
God came to us that first Christmas so that we could have a personal relationship with Him. If you don’t yet have that and are curious, read: “Would You Like to Know God Personally?”
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