2021_12_24 Insight Post- Marcy Fleurima
This week's reading- John 19-20
I was incredibly moved spending this week reading through Jesus’ death and resurrection as we are in the midst of celebrating his birth. Jesus came to fulfill a specific purpose so we could approach God the Father and live with Him eternally. During this year of reading the Gospels, I hope you found a deeper love and appreciation for Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
As you celebrate Christmas tomorrow, take time to think through these chapters and allow yourself time to meditate on the power of Jesus’ birth. His birth was the beginning of the great plan that needed to happen that brought Him to the cross where He declared “his mission was now finished” (John 19:28). Mary, His mother, was with Jesus from the beginning all the way to the cross as she stood alongside John. Because of Jesus' love for His momma, Jesus asked John to take care of her from that point on. In John 19:38, we read about secret followers of Jesus who were scared to profess their faith in Jesus while he was alive because of their peers—Jewish leaders. The death of Jesus transformed these leaders. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, but goodness, let’s not be secret followers of Christ. His life and His death was for all of us, for all people of earth. Let’s live our transformed lives shining the Light He gives us through the Holy Spirit. He’s our greatest gift and we should be honored to serve Him and share Him with others.
I pray we all have a peaceful and joyful time remembering the reason for our celebration. We are celebrating the birth of our Savior—the One who died on the cross for you and for me. He’s the reason we can live on earth as it is in Heaven. He’s the reason we can have freedom from strongholds. He’s the reason we can have peace and joy even in uncertain times. He’s the reason we have hope. He’s the reason for our every breath and I pray we would use that breath to praise Him and declare Him as our Lord.
I began to see many parallels between His birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection in Christmas carols! Try to listen to them with a new perspective as you see how Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament scriptures and how the story of His birth pointed to His purpose fulfilled in His death.
The final verse of “The First Noel” says:
“Then let us all with one accord
sing praises to our heavenly Lord
who hath made heaven and earth of naught
and with His blood mankind hath bought.”
The words of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” shows how He is our Light:
“Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”
“Hark the Harold Angels Sing” sums it up nicely:
“Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.”
How thankful I am for God’s love that He sent His one and only Son. Praise Him. Rejoice in Him.