The Gospel at Christmas

Understanding the gospel at Christmas is a beautiful thing. A Savior is born . . . to 
be in His Father’s house; to preach, teach, heal, free, and feed the masses; to make disciples; to die for our sins and be resurrected to give us life; to ascend to heaven; to ask the Father to send His Spirit; to prepare a place for us; and to come again.

The gospel, in its purest form, is the “good news” that Christ died for our sins, came back to life, and offers eternal life to all who receive Him as Lord and Savior. The Light of the world all humanity had waited for could now be seen with human eyes and touched with human hands.

When we truly understand the gospel, we can respond with faith, turn to Jesus and away from all that would distract us from this life of love. We are changed forever. Nothing is ever the same. We see ourselves differently. We are different—from the inside out, everything is changed. We are alive! And we have an overflow of love that never runs dry. We can love everyone around us in Jesus’ name. We can invite them into the love of the gospel, to experience the reality of heaven, even now, at Christmas.

But do we sometimes miss it? Do we miss that beauty? Do we miss that opportunity? Are we sometimes, somehow distracted? I ask myself, how could this be? How could we miss what our Savior did for us, especially at Christmas? We don’t have to miss it. We can embrace it by refocusing on who we are, whom God has put in our lives, and who might be crossing our paths even now.

May this season bring us opportunities to remember, to refocus, to worship, and to share this most awesome gift of the Holy One.

May we serve and speak faithfully.

May we see the world around us in the light of Christmas truth.

May we listen anew to the sound of a husband’s search for a place, a mother’s prayer, and a baby’s cry.

May we listen anew to needs of poor workers in the field and rich travelers from other places.

And may we listen anew to our own hearts and respond with faith as we ponder this amazing gift we call Christmas.

Laura Harper is ministry consultant to adult audiences at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.

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