Hi, this is Daniel from ForgivenFully.com, sharing with you the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness.
What is it that makes for a truly full and fulfilling Christmas? For all your efforts over the years, have you ever had a Christmas that worked perfectly as planned, where you met all your must-do’s and even all of your want-to’s and finally enjoyed that perfect kind of Christmas you envisioned? Those are few and far between at best, right?
Well I want you to know that a full and fulfilling Christmas depends on a very basic Bible truth.
God’s Word says, “In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity [the fullness of God] lives in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9) This tells us that Jesus is both true God and true man, God in the flesh. Now I said this was a basic truth; I didn’t say it was simple! Let me try to illustrate this amazing truth. Here’s a pitcher of water. Now you know that water covers about 70% of the surface of the earth. To say of Jesus, to say of the baby born in Bethlehem, ‘That’s God. That’s the One in whom all the fullness of God dwells in bodily form’ – that’s like saying this pitcher contains all the water in the world. That defies reason, doesn’t it? ...What do you do with a truth like that?! Let me tell you what you do with it: You don’t ‘explain’ it; you simply proclaim it. In fact, this is a truth that you exclaim! ‘This baby born in Bethlehem, this is God in the flesh, God come down from heaven, to save sinners!’
Yes, “In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” And why is this truth so important? The Bible verse continues: “and you have been given fullness in Christ.” (Colossians 2:9,10) This is why Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, why He was placed in a manger and later pierced on a cross. In Jesus, the fullness of God in the flesh, we are given a fullness that we could never ever attain on our own. So listen and believe the good news of Christmas: God has declared you complete in Christ, filled and fulfilled in Him with every good thing. In Christ, you have the fullness of forgiveness. …This is what it means to be forgiven fully in Christ: Even now while you walk this earth, you have the blessings of Heaven. Even now you have the gift of eternal life, even in these dying bodies. This is the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness to us in Christ!
Thank you for your time, and may God bless you with what you heard here today at ForgivenFully.com.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.