This advent season, check the Vyrso blog each weekday for advent reflections that will inspire and encourage you to reflect on the true reason for Christmas.
Take time to reflect today with a guest post by Brett Parks, the founder and president of Second Shot Ministry. Brett travels around the nation speaking to schools, businesses, and churches about hope, faith, and how he overcame a 99.999% mortality rate.
Christmas’ Gift To Us: Cleanliness
December 24, 2015: Cold gusts of wind races down the empty streets as I sit within the warm confines of my home, basking in holiday cheer. In the background, Bing sings the old familiar tune of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” the way only Mr. Crosby can sing it.
Its Christmas Eve and my wife and I just finished setting up a plastic red “Radio Flyer” wagon (for the third time). Sitting on our couch, staring at our Christmas tree, illuminating the living room like a beacon of hope, I can’t help but think about the true meaning of Christmas.
Romans 5:8 “While we were still sinners…” kept playing over in my head and I pondered my “need for Jesus”.
In a nutshell, this world was made perfect as we were made perfect. Then, a guy named Adam and a girl named Eve sinned against our God (or our creator).
Because of that, it knocked this world and human kind into chaos, opening our eyes to good and evil. God (our Creator) told us from the moment Adam and Eve chose to sin, that He was going to send someone to be the ultimate sacrifice so that, those who recognized their need for Him, would become clean and be able to enter Heaven.
That someone was Jesus of Nazareth. He was our creator’s son who was sent to earth for one reason: to become that ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus lived a perfect life and took on the sin of everyone that had sinned in the past, sinned in the present and would sin in the future, and placed it on Himself; as he was nailed to a cross and died (fulfilling many prophecies that were recorded hundreds of years earlier).
This is what Christians mean when they say that we all have the “need for Jesus”.
As a Christian, I understand the “need for Jesus”. I’ve experienced my share of pain and heartache to the very brink of death, only to be comforted by my “need for Jesus”.
But this verse in the bible, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Gives me so much encouragement.
We are all train wrecks, are we not? Some more than others, but, train wrecks nevertheless.
We are, by very nature, selfish creatures. From the moment we are conceived, we take. It’s called survival, really, and we could explain it away as such in hopes to justify our actions. But this isn’t what God wants us to do.
He wants us to go against everything that feels natural to us and do what is right in his eyes: live according to his principals. (Click to Tweet!)
This is why it’s so important to recognize our “need for Jesus”, because in order to truly live the way our Creator wants us to live and become clean the way he wants us to be, we have to understand our “need for Jesus”.
But here’s the amazing thing about our creator: He didn’t wait until we got our act together to send Jesus to die for our sins.
God didn’t look down from the sky with his arms crossed and his face contorted in disappointment and chastise us about how he wouldn’t move a finger until we stopped sinning, and let me tell you something, I am so glad he didn’t. If he did, we would still be waiting for a savior and we’d never get to experience true salvation: true cleanliness. Honestly, we’d still be sacrificing animals on alters.
But we have a God that loves us so much, that he sent his son (Jesus) to die on the cross, for our sins, allowing us a second shot at life. (Click to Tweet!)
He allowed us a second shot at being clean.
We know this, because of what Paul said in Romans 5:8:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The “Christ” in this verse is Jesus and the “sinners” in this verse are we. We is you; it’s me, it’s all of us.
From the worst of the worst to the kindest and the most selfless, we are all sinners. That’s why Christians express the “need for Jesus”.
It would be great if we could just keep on living forever and not have to worry about the next stage in our life. But, unfortunately, the expression is true: “Death and Taxes” are the two things that cannot be avoided. Your lifeline will end. You will cease to exist in this world. What happens after you pass on is what we need to be thinking about at this moment in our lives.
On Christmas day, a little boy was born in an environment that would make even the toughest stomachs turn. On that Christmas day, the world as was known, was changed forever.
Jesus, the Christ child, was introduced to a world of sin: a world of need. He would grow up blameless and die an innocent man. But, in His death, there was life for all of mankind: past, present and future.
I have a “need for Jesus”; you have a “need for Jesus”. This was the Creator’s purpose all along. It wasn’t an easy decision for Him, but one He made out of love for us.
So enjoy this holiday season. Enjoy the winter wonderland/Santa Clause atmosphere. Enjoy Bing Crosby and Michael Bublee’s Christmas album, but never forget the reason for the season: the gift that our Creator gave us, and our “need for Jesus”. Merry Christmas!
Find inspiration about God’s goodness in Brett’s story, when he was shot in the abdomen while breaking up a robbery, spent 20 days in a coma, and woke to find he lost a kidney, a third of his colon, and the lower part of his right leg. Read more about Brett’s life-changing experience in his ebook, Miracle Man: A Bullet That Ignited a Purpose-Filled Life today.
This advent season, check the Vyrso blog each weekday for advent reflections that will inspire and encourage you to reflect on the true reason for Christmas. Take time to reflect today with a guest post by Brett Parks, the founder and president of Second Shot Ministry. Brett travels around the nation speaking to schools, businesses, and churches about […]