Â Â Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s Christmas Eve when we should be breathing a sigh of relief that our â€˜to-doâ€ list has dwindled to a few last minute items and our greatest feelings are excitement and anticipation.Â If not, then you probably should be reading something on stress management or â€œbeing content with such things as you have.â€ (Heb. 13:5)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â At this point a couple of thousand years ago, Mary – and Heaven â€“ focused on the â€œhiccup in Historyâ€ â€“ when time changed from BC to ADâ€¦that had been anticipated from the beginningâ€¦the coming of the LAMB who was slain before the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This was the beginning of the visible count-down to the cross when Satan and the powers of darkness and evil would be defeated for eternityâ€¦and the power of death would be neutralized!Â Our little tokens of gift givingare rather pitiful alongside this defeat of death and the gift of â€œeternal lifeâ€¦promised before time began.â€Â (Titus 1:2)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â It seems fitting to perhaps spend time in prayerful communion with him, searching our hearts and renewing our commitment to eat the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Him till He COMES AGAIN and our excitement and anticipation will be complete in HIS SHINING PRESENCE as we become LIKE HIM, seeing HIM AS HE ISâ€¦Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œBehold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!Â Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall SEE HIM AS HE IS!Â And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.â€Â (I John 3:1-3)