We often focus on the importance of Jesus’ death for us, yet it is Jesus’ life which gives us the model of how to live; it is Jesus’ life which was given for us, and it is Jesus’ resurrected life which provides hope for eternity. Come let us celebrate Jesus’ life this Christmas!
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
When Jesus’ followers came to anoint his body for burial, they found the tomb empty. Jesus wasn’t there. Even though there were guards posted to protect the tomb (they didn’t want Jesus’ followers to steal his body and claim resurrection), when they arrived, the stone was rolled away. Two angels appeared and provided them with the answer. They were looking for the living among the dead.
Jesus is alive.
So often we focus on the importance of Jesus’ death for us, yet it is Jesus’ life which gives us the model of how to live; it is his sinless life which was proof of his impeccability as our unblemished sacrifice. It is his life which provides hope for our eternal life beyond our graves.
Jesus’ throne, the angel Gabriel says, will last forever. Jesus’ throne will not cease because he rose from the dead and is alive forevermore. And so we see that in Jesus light of life came to earth.
The light of life shone into the darkness of our world. The darkness could not overcome the light of Jesus. Why? Because Jesus’ throne is everlasting.
In John 16:33 Jesus promises that in this world we will have trouble, yet take heart because Jesus’ has overcome the world.
Celebrate in Christmas the life of Jesus, which he brought and shone upon us, modeled and inspired within us, and rose victorious to guarantee for our eternity.
Come let us adore him.