Stepping Towards

christmas picture.pngDo you ever get frustrated at friends or family who sit around waiting for you to visit them?  You know the type, “Y’all come see us,” “When are you guys coming over?” Or how about those that complain, “No one ever invites us to dinner,”  “I never get invited to any Christmas parties!”  It’s always about THEM, their plan, their schedule, their comfort, their terms.

But Christ isn’t like them.

“And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me.” Luke 1:43. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.” Luke 1:68.  “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9.  So many scriptures in the Bible talk about God going and finding those that are far away, lost, or hidden.  These scriptures talk about God stepping towards people.  He went towards the tax collectors, the poor, the lepers, the captives, the blind, the oppressed,and the religious leaders.  His answer was that He had the GOOD NEWS in Him that others needed to hear.  He often went towards people, going down to Capernaum, going out to Jerusalem, going into houses, villages, and synagogues.  

I am not sure about you this Christmas, but this is something I want to focus on.  That the God of Heaven came down to ME, the chief of all sinners, and loved each of us all enough to die, rise, and leave His Holy Spirit here to lead, guide, and comfort us.  It wasn’t like He sat there and said those words above, “You guys come see me.”  “Get your act together and dress appropriately and clean your house and buy me good gifts and stress over the way your food looks.”  He came down.

The Lord came down to us.

The God of the universe who created the mountains, the oceans, the birds, the whales, and the giraffes.

He sought us out, went looking for us, called out to us to have a relationship with Him. He knew we would need a Savior and He gladly came, knowing what it would cost Him.

Today, take a moment to revel in this GOOD NEWS.  And realize that if you are a Christian, you have this same GOOD NEWS in you.  Over the next few days as time with family gets intense and you receive all kinds of new ties and shirts that are ugly and too small, my prayer is that you will revel in this knowledge of an active, loving pursuer of a Savior that cares about the little details of your life and desires a relationship. Stepping towards sinful, poor, and prideful people is what our Father did for us when He came to us.  Let us rejoice and be thankful.

The good news that the just and gracious Creator of the universe has looked upon hopelessly sinful men and women and has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection, so that everyone who turns from their sin and themselves and trusts Jesus as Savior and Lord will be reconciled to God forever.