Tomorrow, people all over the world will celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus. It is one of the greatest miracles ever: when hope came to earth as a baby.
The words of the familiar Christmas song, O Holy Night, have stood out to me recently as never before.
Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
Those lyrics speak to the reclaiming power of Jesus’ birth. The world was in a rough state. Longing for hope ever since the beginning, when the promise of the Messiah was given. God sent Jesus to earth because of the value and worth that He has for us.
Does your soul feel its worth?
Some of you may respond “Yes!” I admire that.
I see great worth in other people. Yet, I struggle with feeling my own worth at times. I wonder if you can relate to that?
Many things can affect how we see our value and our worth. Sometimes, it is what other people have told us in the past. Or perhaps what we have been telling ourselves. John tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The birth of Jesus changes everything.
It’s no wonder that the next line of the song is, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” The baby in a manger proclaims that there is a reason to rejoice! Jesus is the reset button of hope that the world has been waiting for.
The Christmas story is the ultimate Reclaimed Story.
|Our natural state of life was modeled for us at creation. Genesis tells us that God created mankind in His own image.
God created you and you know what? He created you on purpose, for a purpose.
Adam and Eve walked with God, talked with Him, and had an intimate relationship with Him. Because they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, mankind’s relationship with God wouldn’t be the same until Jesus.
God sent His son to earth to take the weight of our choices upon himself so that we could once again be with God. Through His birth, death, and resurrection, we have the very Spirit of God available to us every minute of every day in our lives right now.
Jesus came to earth to restore and reclaim our relationship with God.
As you celebrate Christmas this year, allow the opinion of God’s love to speak louder than any other voice.
You are made in God’s image, you are adored, you are made for a purpose, you are enough, you are qualified, and you are redeemed in Christ!
What would be different in your life today if you lived out of this truth?
That, my friends, is the thrill of hope.
Reclaiming Hope Together This Christmas,
P.S. Shout out to my friend Brittany B. for the amazing living room picture!