Thursday, Dec. 8 – Freeman Four

8 Dec

Week 2: Peace
Today’s Scripture:
Daniel 6:10-28
2 Thess. 2:13-3:5

“It was not a silent night … on the streets of David’s town.” So begins a song entitled “Labor of Love” that is included on a Christmas album by Andrew Peterson, “Behold the Lamb.” We mention this song because it has impacted our understanding of the birth of Christ by reminding us of its reality. There was real labor, real pain, a real delivery, a real baby, all in a really dirty stable. Nothing romantic, idealized, or marketable in that Christmas scene. Yet, that dirty stable was invaded by a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love,” (from the Jesus Storybook Bible).

I received a text message from my wife a couple months ago quoting our three-year-old son: “You know what? Jesus is the rescuer!” And his birth (Jesus’, not our son’s) was obviously a pivotal point in God’s desire and mission to see his creation restored to intimate relationship with himself. As parents, we are hopeful of our children realizing their need to be rescued by Jesus. We, also, during this season of celebrating his birth, are reminded of how we have been rescued and of what an amazing thing that is.

Let us not forget these truths. There was a real birth of a real infant who was and is the savior of real people who needed, and still today, need to be rescued. And messier than the stable in which he was born were the lives of those he came to save and to serve. And still, he came.

Last year, as a part of our how we celebrate Christmas, we began the tradition of singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, just as a very simple reminder that he is real, that his love for us is real, and that our need for him is real. “For he is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end. He delivers and He rescues,” (Daniel 6:26-27).

-The Freemans


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