Christmas Season; Blessing Season

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Bible Passage: Luke 1:26 -38

Introduction
Our God is great! He created man wonderfully and beautifully: black and white, short and tall; He made them for His pleasure. And when He created the world, He made it in such a way that there is nothing monotonous. There are different seasons and times, there are hills and valleys. In Nigeria for instance, there are two distinct seasons: raining and dry seasons. In the northern part of the country, there is harmattan, characterized by dry and dusty wind. In other parts of the world, they have four seasons: winter and spring, summer and autumn. Interestingly, each season comes with special blessings for humanity. Can you imagine how uninteresting the world would be if there is just one season? But in God’s wisdom, for our enjoyment and benefits, He made all things uniquely different and good.

When God was creating the world in His majesty and might, He said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and season, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14). Furthermore, God decreed, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). With these words, it seemed, God laid the foundation for different seasons that cannot be moved.

Christmas Season; Blessing Season
Christmas season is one of the events Christians all over the world anxiously look forward to celebrate every year. For many reasons, Christmas season is a blessing season. The Angel of the Lord sent to Mary delivered a message of HOPE. The child she was going to give birth to would deliver humanity from their sin; a problem which had existed since Genesis chapter three, the time of Adam and Eve.

According to Genesis 3:15 the passage reads “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” These words today are called proteevangelium. They were said to Satan. They are also known as “the first Gospel,” because this is the first announcement of the coming Redeemer found in the Bible. The passage is also an assurance that God would use a woman to bring a Redeemer into the world. The promise was fulfilled: “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that they might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4). This good news of redemption includes you and me and those who believe the gospel. Whoever believes in [Jesus] will not perish but have everlasting life.

Jesus restores broken relationship. The Bible says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). This particular Bible verse is very important. It helps me to know how deeply I am loved, in spite of how much I have sinned against God. In essence it says, while I am enjoying myself doing things that are against God’s will, Jesus demonstrated His unconditional love to me. He died for me to restore the broken relationship. What sin did, breaking my relationship with God, Jesus restored it. All these happened because of Christmas when He was born. Because of this act of love, we now have peace with God. PRAISE God! Knowing what will happen to those who refused to reconcile with God, we are pleading with such people before it is too late, to accept the gospel which was first announced when man first sinned against God. Will you do that this Christmas?

I know you may ask the question: is this possible? To receive God’s forgiveness, be restored and have peace with God and humanity? Good question! You are not the only one to wonder how things too difficult for man could be possible. Mary also asked the same question when she was told that she would give birth to a son without the involvement of an earthly father. The answer the Angel gave her is crucial for our discussion. The Angel said the Holy Spirit will provide the enablement. It is not by ones strength or might. It is by the power that the Holy Spirit provides. It is an exchange life; you exchange your limitation with His unlimited power. This is part of the blessings of Christmas. This Christmas season, the Lord wants to bless you with what you consider impossible. After the angel spoke with Mary, she believed. She said, “Be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

The Holy Spirit is able to supply you with all you need to accomplish what God wants you to do for Him, give you victory over life struggles and deliver you from all kinds of sin that you have been known for. When the Holy Spirit indwells you, old things pass away. All you need to do for this Christmas is to believe the word of God just like Mary did and was favored. This Christmas can be the beginning of God doing a new thing in your life, your family, business and all that concerns you.

I wish you a Spirit filled Christmas.


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