Christmas Thoughts

“But, Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)…..”And his father and mother marveled at what was said about him.   (Luke 2: 33)….And when his parents saw him, they were astonished….And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart” (Luke 2: 48;51).

What are you thinking about this month?  What is it that is mysterious and wonderful to you about this season?  What are the thoughts deep in your heart that only you know about?

In Christian jargon,  this season is all about the incarnation.  God coming unexpectedly as a person–a new baby no less!  A real birth–but coming forth from a girl who had never had sexual relations with anyone…even her husband to be!  Jesus growing up in a regular family…Living life perfectly as we all were intended to live it–without pride, jealously, idolatry, covetousness….honoring his parents and the government and religious authority over him…never hating his brothers or neighbors…..never getting involved sexually.

Christians have believed Jesus was the promised one, the rescuer, the Savior promised to the world through the Jews. Jesus is in every story from creation, Abraham, David, Daniel.   He was God coming to rescue  his people.  Think about that.  He is mighty to save.  He is God–Think about  the depth of his riches, wisdom, and knowledge (Romans 11:33).  Imagine his becoming a baby, then a boy, then dying as part of the rescue plan.  There is an unbelievable mystery around it all.  No wonder Mary pondered, thought about it, asked questions, looked at the Scriptures.  This whole thing she was a part of was astonishing.

I know if you are honest with yourself, you will recognize some thoughts and attitudes you are having this month that just plain miss the mark. A quick survey of the Ten Commandments and Matthew 5 should show you that.   Our sin is the whole reason Jesus came.  Our very thoughts reveal why we need to be rescued.

I suggest you read and ponder Romans 3-5 some day this month.  It fits in so well with Luke 2.

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:2).

God’s salvation plan has always been the same.  To count our faith instead of our sins.

“It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:24-25).

There it is again: Justification by faith alone. Being declared righteous, pure. without any sin–even in spite of our thoughts.  Notice it is a declaration, a judgment of  innocence.

Now that is something to treasure

–your salvation.

I hope your Christmas is blessed with quiet thoughts and a thankful heart.  And if you do not have this treasure of salvation, may you be restless until you rest finally in the Lord Jesus Christ.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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