What I Read Today;
Ephesians 2; John 20; Micah 5-6; Ecclesiastes 7; Nehemiah 12; Deuteronomy 18
As we approach Christmas and reflect on the birth of Christ, my readings for each day draw me closer to the realization of how many people misunderstand the message of the Gospel. So many who believe that the Christian church is about rules and regulations. People think that all the church does is point out other people’s flaws. This, in spite of its own shortcomings.
Sadly, most of them have never read the words in Ephesians 2. How would it affect them if they understood the message of this single chapter of the Bible?
Verse 1-3 tell us that we are all sinners. Christians and Atheists and everyone in between. I can’t look in judgment on another person because I am just as guilty as they are.
Verse 4 tells us that even though none of us can live up to God’s standard, God Loves Us! Not because of what we’ve done but because he is rich in mercy!
Verse 5 shows us that Christ died for us even when we were sinners, and because of what he did, through his grace, we have been saved. Not we could be saved. Not we might be saved. No, WE ARE SAVED!
Verse 6-7 says that the proof of what Jesus did is in his resurrection. His tomb is empty! He is alive! Our living God saved us and opened a way to heaven for us. Not because of anything we’d done. But so that he could show us his grace and mercy. Out of his love and grace, he did all this.
Verses 8-9 sum it all up, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” NRSV
The world is hurting and confused. Our pain and suffering manifest itself all around us. Proclaim with joy the message of Christmas. Christ has come! Hallelujah, Christ has come!