All of time ... past, present, and future points to the birth of Jesus.
Why is Christmas important? Because you were the story of God's plan from beginning to end, without compromise! When Jesus was birthed into this life, you were the vision. When Jesus suffered and died, you were the purpose. When Jesus was gloriously raised from the dead, you were the inheritor of a whole new state of being and of a Kingdom estate ... for all eternity! The author of your story said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). What was finished? His love being made complete in us for to experience LIFE and nothing can interfere with it, not even the trials we may encounter or any afflictions in this life (Romans 8:37-38).
Here's the reassuring truth about your story from God's perspective:
- Before you were even born you were fully known to him (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 22:9-10; Psalm 139:13-16).
- All along you were planned to be made complete in Jesus, the full union of God and man (John 1:16-17; Colossians 2:10).
- From the beginning of the ages, His plan was to set you free from sin's destructive dominion and to be resettled in His grace unmeasured (Romans 6:6-14; Ephesians 1:4).
- This grace means that you are now co-seated in a full fellowship with God himself (Romans 7:6; Ephesians 1:3, 2:6).
- Before you were born God first chose you ... He chose you to be intimately intertwined with Him in a loving fellowship (John 15:5, 1 John 4:9).
- You were, and are now, fully KNOWN to Him and He will never, ever, ever, ever cast you away (2 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9; John 6:37)!
- The earthen vessel of your life, no matter how cracked, worn, and afflicted, is the very temple where God himself dwells (1 Corinthians 3:16; 4:7-12).
- You are now set with eternal rivers of life upon life, hope upon hope, and grace upon grace(John 7:37-38).
Love looks beyond the diagnosis and finds a home in you.
Do you think any diagnosis of earthly condition can hold back such a great Love? You are the very place where Jesus chooses to say, "I'm at home with you." When he was on earth, who did he spend most of his time with? His time was with the average, every-day person who felt marginalized. Jesus was even looked down upon by the religious leadership because he was spending his time with the "least of these." The bulk of His time was surrounded with people who were sick, in distress, and that's where He wanted to dwell. He wanted to spend more time, not defining what's wrong, but showing them the beauty of what's right in order to give them living hope! How can healing and miracles not take place with such a presence of truth, life, grace, hope, and deep love!
When you hear the word "Christmas" … hear His love echo within, “I came for you.”
Christmas is the coming of Christ to intertwine heaven and the human into a glorious new life. That’s why the Christmas story is about you … because without you there is no story.
Despite any mental health challenge you and your family are facing this Christmas, take rest knowing that Jesus came for you and He came for the one behind the diagnosis … mental illness is His opportunity, not His rejection.”
Christmas was His arrival to complete your story.
Christ emptied himself of all divine reality and reputation and embraced a cross for you to be with Him forever (Philippians 2:-8). He came for you … to be your Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace … bearing love gifts upon you (Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:12; Ephesians 1:18-19; James 1:17). After all this, why would any type of mental health condition be a barrier to Him. Nothing can hold this amazing love back and that's what causes us to glorify and sing our love back to Him!
Whether this Christmas comes with great feast and abundance, or with very little and loneliness ... and despite any mental health challenge you and your family are facing ... take stock in, not what's under the tree, rather what's at rest in you ... Christ in you the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
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From all of us at The Grace Alliance, have a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year!
CoFounder & CEO / The Grace Alliance