Before the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, coming close to God, was but an annual option, available only to a select few priests. Once a year, the high priest would be allowed to enter the holy of holies to offer sacrifices for the people. For all else, the temple courts were about as close to God as folks could come. Life was a rigid set of rules and regulations; and when an infraction was made – blood had to be shed on the offender’s behalf. Not to say that God didn’t move and do mighty things, for surely He did; however, the opportunity to truly understand and know Him, was rather elusive.
One holy night in Bethlehem, changed the course of human history forever. God out there, became God with us. Jesus came so that the barrier between God and man could be broken down; providing the path to a personal relationship with the Redeemer, Himself. He later told the disciples during the last supper, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – (John 14:6)
His statement, though seemingly narrow to some, is actually expansive enough for the whole world. He died, so that ALL who come to Him and choose to accept what He has done, will be welcomed into eternity with Him. Jesus is the only way to the Father. When we receive Him, we receive the One who sent Him. Christ too, is truth. He is the reality of all of God’s promises. Old Testament prophesies were fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection, and His very nature, shows that God’s word is true. As the life, Jesus joins His holiness to our brokenness, covering all of our sin and shame, making us acceptable and righteous before the Father – ready and welcome to enter eternity with Him.
born unto the earth;
sweet blessed sight,
Christ-child, Savior’s birth.
God had come near,
sending His own Son;
friends, do not fear,
He shall overcome.
Jesus, the way,
our lifeline to God;
His path we’re to trod.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You chose to send Your Son, so that we would have a way to come close to You. Jesus, thank You that You stepped down from Your throne, and willingly endured all of the anguish on our behalf, so that we would be made righteous in You. Forgive us for taking lightly this magnitude of this most glorious gift that You have freely given to all who choose to receive it, and help us to daily receive and embrace this treasure anew. May we live and love as You love us, so that many may come to know the way, the truth and the life found in You. Be glorified, our Prince of Peace. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.