Christmas is almost here! While this can be a super exciting time, it can bring a unique set of challenges. Normal schedules are interrupted. Many gather with people who may not usually be in town. Different parties and activities are planned. School is out!  You may look forward to what is planned. You may be struggling to think through the next week and a half. Wherever you find yourself, in your particular situation, there is one important question to answer.  Will you worship Jesus this Christmas?

Hit the pause button on that question for just a moment… and keep reading! Remember, every time we have an opportunity to hear the Gospel communicated is an act of GRACE from God directly upon our lives. It is

“…the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Earth is a visited planet. Humanity had chosen sin and every person born was (and is) born separated from God, under judgment, and enslaved to sin.

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12 (NLT)

God Most High clothed himself in flesh and came down as a human. Jesus the Son of God and of Man fulfilled every one of over 400 prophecies that had been prophesied about a coming Savior. Jesus walked the most difficult path in his 33 years any human has ever faced as he was tried in every way, facing every temptation known to any person. Hebrews 4:15.

“He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:3 (Another prophecy that Jesus fulfilled).

Jesus was different. Jesus never sinned. At the end of 33 years, Jesus carried out God’s plan and willingly died at the hands of sinful men. During his death, God’s Word says that Jesus took on his own body the sins of humankind. Jesus bore our sin and was punished in our place so that we have a chance to live in relationship to God. God Most High accepted Jesus spilt blood as enough to pay for sin.

“For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22         

This is the choice every person will make: Choose to accept Jesus Christ as the one who saves you, or chose to reject Jesus Christ. Praise God, he came so near. He knows our suffering and he did not leave us in a hopeless situation!

 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. “Romans 8:1-4 (NLT).

What does the Gospel mean for your Christmas this year?

If you have chosen Jesus, you have chosen his authority. There is something so AWESOME and COMFORTING about the fact that Jesus gets to be in charge! We have the ability to respond to ANY and EVERYTHING that we may face! His Word teaches us how to face any situation and please him, and his counsel is perfect. Responding to your trials or your joys God’s way will only ever be good and right for you! Think of how valuable Jesus is to your life. He actually IS our life. So, in response to a PRECIOUS, LOVING, INVOLVED, WORTHY Savior, who gave away his life to own your life, you can choose to worship him by deciding, “YES, what I am facing is extremely hard for me… I am in a habit of responding to what I feel by sinning, but Jesus deserves my worship, so through his grace I will choose to serve him instead of serving myself. If Christ is your Savior, try choosing love and thankfulness when as an act of worship when things feel difficult. Think of unique ways to be loyal to God instead of to sin habits in your specific situation.

This God that gave up his Son, who was most precious to him, to save us, is worth any cost! Let’s celebrate the Christmas by giving God our worship!