The closer we get to December 25th, the more people hurry to buy and wrap gifts for those we love and prepare lavish meals that have a short life span or are consumed within a few hours. The frenzy of activity is a thief to the real meaning and remembrance of Jesus’ birth. Jesus put this paradox into perspective when he said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).
The context is where Jesus presents Himself as the “I am door of the sheep” and “I am the Good Shepherd” (10:9, 11). To His sheep, those who hear His voice, He gives eternal life (John 3:15).
The thief on the other hand “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (10:10). While there may not be anything wrong with giving presents and eating good meals, we must be alert to the “thief” using a good season in the Christian experience to “steal” the most precious part of Christ’s coming – “that they may have life and have it abundantly.” If the thief can “kill” our experience of abundant life in Christ, he has been successful.
Make sure your Christmas is Christ FIRST! He wants you and me to feast at His table – a fellowship of eternal life! This is “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” (1 Peter 1:4). Your purpose for being here is to continually enjoy this eternal life NOW! Then we will spontaneously want to share it with those who still do not have it.
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