Christmas is less than a week away. The focus is often on what it means to us. Sure, that's important, but what did it mean to the Savior?
His obedience to the Father's plan cost Him everything, but He didn't look at the short-term loss. Instead, He saw the end result - the reconciliation of fallen man to the Father.
He left heaven's splendor for the ugliness of a world polluted by sin.
He shed the light of truth concerning God's character and dispelled the lies of the enemy by healing the sick and setting the captives free.
He experienced our pain, hunger, and weariness. He knew the betrayal of a friend and the censure of family members. Rejection and persecution were an almost daily occurrence.
The path of obedience wasn't any easier for Him than it is for us, but He despised the present circumstances for the glory that would follow the completion of His mission. I don't know why He made that sacrifice, but as the song says, "I'm so glad He did."
If you've never asked Jesus to forgive your sins and be the Lord of your life, I invite you to say this prayer:
Thank You, Jesus, that You came to this earth to live a perfect, sinless life, took the punishment we deserved on the cross, and arose from the dead. Forgive my sins, come into my heart, and make me like You. Thank You.
May this Christmas be the year of your rebirth in Him.