Dec. 25th - A son - John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
One of the greatest joys of Christmas now that all our kids are grown is their coming home! There's not much better than having all four of them (and all new additions) under one roof!!! This makes me wonder how the incredible joy God the Father must have been when Jesus, His Son, rose from the dead and then went home!
"fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
You see, the Christmas story doesn't end at the cradle, nor did it end at the cross...it ends with a crown! Our verse today is probably the most well known in the Bible, and in it we find the brief summary of the entire Bible...all 66 books! God sent His Son Jesus that we might have eternal life!
Jesus not only died on the cross that He might go home to the Father in Heaven, He died so that He can take us with Him for the grandest homecoming ever! Jesus spoke so much about the Kingdom of Heaven and His return. Matthew 25 records two parables (stories with a spiritual lesson) about His Second Coming of when He will come to take all of those who have believed (trusted) in Him home to Heaven, and then says the following in verses 31-33:
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left."
This Christmas let every son (or daughter) remind us of all that God's Son has done for us and that "that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
Homecoming...what time for celebration!!! Let's keep looking ahead to the Son's return and our Homecoming in Heaven!