“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 8-9
It’s that time of year again. As the weather gets colder, and the days shorter, families around the world ready themselves for the inundation of wrapped gifts and artificial cheer that is Christmas. Children are busy adding to their ever-growing wish lists, and parents are bustling about looking for last-minute deals, hoping that they can once again buy their way into their children’s hearts. It seems that nowadays, the thing on everyone’s mind is perfection. The perfect clothes. The perfect house. The perfect Christmas. The perfect life. We find ourselves so wrapped up in the glamour of wealthy lifestyles and television families that we forget who we are as Christians. We spend Christmas each year commemorating God’s perfect gift to his followers (and no, it wasn’t an iPad). God sent his beloved son to be slain at the hands of a fallen race. Our savior, Jesus Christ, made the decision to suffer – and die – to a people who rejected him. His crucifixion is a constant reminder of how much God loves us, his invitation to eternal happiness in heaven. That is where true joy comes from. True joy derives from the knowledge that God’s love for us never fails, not how perfect our family looks on Facebook.
Written by Liam Fleming