Advent: Day 15 – Life and Death at Christmas

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

For many people Christmas is a reminder of loss. people who will not celebrate the holidays with us. If that is you don’t block it out. Feel it. What is love for, if not to intensify our affections—both in life and in death? But do not be bitter. It is tragically self-destructive to be bitter.

Jesus came at Christmas that we might have eternal life. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Do you feel restless for home? When we have family coming home for the holidays. It feels good. The bottom-line reason for why it feels good is that we are destined in the depths of our being for an ultimate homecoming. All other homecomings are foretastes. And foretastes are good. Unless they become substitutes. Don’t let all the sweet things of this season become substitutes of the final, great, all-satisfying sweetness. Let every loss and every delight send your hearts a-homing after heaven.

Christmas. What is it but this: I came that they may have life—that we might have life, now and forever.

Make your now richer and deeper this Christmas by drinking at the fountain of forever. It is so near.

Good News of Great Joy: 25 Devotional Readings for Advent by Desiring God Foundation

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