“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
Philippians 3:7

Christmas is the time of year when much is made of showing love by giving. This is noble and satisfying to our minds leaving us feeling good about ourselves. Is this what God the Father had in mind by sending His Son Jesus Christ in the fullness of time as the advent Savior as revealed in His Word by the Holy Spirit? “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:25-26). For God’s people the Christ of Christmas is who they need, and not only need but cannot live without. This is what makes the church calendar, Advent, Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension such a beautiful part of their life, giving propose and resolve to live for Him. The first advent has come Jesus was born in Bethlehem, has lived and died for His people, has risen from the grave, and ascended into heaven, sitting on the right hand of power guiding and keeping His people with His reappearing on the clouds to bring them to be eternally with Him to behold His glory. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ” (Ephesians 1:11-12). This advent longing is stronger than all that world has to offer. To relieve the needy is a requirement of all men at all times not only at Christmas, however does not fill us with spiritual longings for Christ. Many times we grieve because of the lack of longings after Christ. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:10-14). What are you longing for? Is the coming of the Christ of Christmas your desire? Then look up for your salvation is near! “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:37).

Written by: Cornelius VanKempen

November 25, 2016