Today, Christmas Eve Day, I find myself pondering things.
I wonder, what would have happened, so long ago in that Garden of Gethsemane, as Christ Jesus grappled with His Father......
What would have happened if He had said that day....
"No thanks, Dad, I don't think I'll do it. Those people aren't worth it and I just don't have time to die for them. It's too hard".
What would have happened?
The ramifications of this thought are too dire and too depressing for me to entertain.
And so....on this day before Christmas, as a silent and peaceful waiting fills my heart, I want to thank You, Jesus, for that willingness to take hold of the Father's plan for You. Thank You for embracing the Father's very difficult and very scary will for You. I pray that I would have that strength to follow Your example and not shirk Your will for me in my fear and mistrust of Your perfect plan.
Today I am so grateful that Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, the very Word become Flesh, died that cruel, intense, painfully humiliating death, the death of common criminals, just for me.
I'm filled with such joy and such sadness when I wonder if, when He was born to Mary in that stable, did He know? Did He know when He was young that He would be called on to suffer such a grisly and unbearable fate?
I think He did. After all, He was God, in flesh...."veiled in flesh, the Godhead see! Hail the incarnate diety!"
I think He knew. With crystal clear clarity.
And He came anyway.
Do you know this Christ of Whom I speak? If you do not...
He waits for you.....He was born for you and He died for you!
Will you take Him into your heart today?