Saturday, December 24, 2016

Advent Journal Day XXVIII: Unto Us A Child Is Born

Christmas Eve is upon us. Unto us a Holy, Beautiful, Divine Child has appeared unto us, to dwell with us; to save us from our miserable selves. He came, fully God, the Second Person of The Godhead, clothed in our human flesh—fully God; fully man. The Greatest Gift ever Given. 

My   advent journal comes to a close, for tomorrow, Christmas, brings Advent to a conclusion. My journal will not completely end, for I began this Advent Journal to help me cultivate a thanksgiving theology, one that cause me to be thankful every day; I will live this eucahristic life—no matter what I am facing, no matter how grueling the trial, or mundane the routine. I will keep an Advent attitude all my days; for He came once in a stable as the Savior of all mankind, but He will come again as King. I will be grateful to Him every day. I will worship in heart, and in attitude; I will worship. I will worship. God gave the best of Himself when He sent His Son; does He not deserve my best? If He does nothing else for us, this Gift was enough to last for all eternity.  

Eucharistic living is illustrated in remembering what Christ did for us. Remembering the Lord’s death is proclaiming all He did for me; something only Christ could do. Bulls and goats could not redeem, only the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God performed what was for man, impossible. This is how I worshiped tonight; to be thankful for what He has done, and to proclaim that He will come again.

 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes {1 Cor. 11:25-16 NASB}.

I love that tonight is also the first night of Chanukah. Though I am not Jewish, the story of Chanukah is beautiful. You will not find it on the pages of Scripture, it occurred during the intertestamental period, between the Old and New Testaments, during which times the heavens were brass for four-hundred years. Though the event that created the Chanukah liturgy, Jesus celebrated the Festival in the New Testament pages—the Festival of Lights. Jesus, the Light of the World. This link will walk you through the story, but the story is that the brave Maccabees worked at restoring the Temple after it had been defiled by the Syrian-Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah; the Law required that the menorah burn continually, it was the Israelites who were required to bring the oil as an offering. However, they found only enough oil to last for one day. In obedience however, they lit the Lamp with the oil they found, and miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply for the menorah; the celebrated on the eighth day to commemorate God’s miracle. He is the God of what is impossible for man. God is a God of miracles.

 I love to acknowledge the Jewish feasts, they all speak to the person, work, and ministry of Jesus Christ. This miracle for the Maccabees is one more illustration of the character and nature of the God we serve.  

I am going to celebrate each night of Chanukah by scouting the Divine in my life; where God does the impossible—that of course which is impossible for me. I am praying for God to show Himself to me in a new, miraculous way each and every day. Will you join me?

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