Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Today Reminder – 10 December 2013 (Day 6 – A Real Christmas)

A reminder for today
"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial. If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.” (Job 9:23-35)

In his pain Job says that if only there was a mediator that could stand in for him to speak to God. There are two important things I want to take into our real Christmas theme from these verses. 

One: Job says that God is not a mortal like him therefore he cannot argue with God.

Two: Job wishes for a mediator to plead for him before God.

Now Christmas is all about God and understanding that we are taking about God and not a mere mortal is something we need to establish and be clear about. Who is God then? According to Christianity, God is the self-existent One, having no need of being created, since He has existed forever and is the cause of all things, including the dimension of time, to which He is not subject. Likewise, God is not subject to the physical creation, but is spiritual in nature, residing in the spiritual dimensions of heaven. God's power over the physical creation is absolute, such that He can manipulate matter, energy, space, and time at will. For this reason, God is said to be all powerful—able to accomplish any possible task He wills to do. Along with being all powerful, God is also all knowing—having knowledge of all things that are possible to be known, including the entire history of the universe—past, present, and future. Because God is all powerful (omnipotent) and all knowing (omniscient), He is also able to be present at all places at all times (omnipresent). God is also all loving—according to the Bible, "God is love" (1 John 4:16). The love of God prompted Him to create human beings in His image, in order to share His love with us. The Christian scriptures say that we can fulfill the entire law of God by loving Him and loving our fellow human beings (Matthew 22:37-40). God is absolutely holy—without any moral or character defect. In fact, the Bible says that God is incapable of doing any evil, despite being all powerful. God is unchangeable. In other words, He does not change any of His attributes or character at any time. Despite humanity's tendency to change its definition of morality, God's moral character does not evolve with the times, but remains constant.

Secondly Christmas is about the birth of Christ and here are two verses that will remind us of the wonderful gift we have in Jesus Christ. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. (1Timothy 2:5-6) You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:24)

My dear friend, we need to understand who God is and in that we need to understand the wonderful miracle that we have in Jesus Christ. This year celebrating Christmas is not just about a celebration, it is going to be about understanding, knowing and living it. Job so needed a mediator and here we are given the precious blood of Jesus to be able to have this gift. There are no boundaries or walls between us and God and therefore there should be no boundaries and walls when we celebrate Christmas. Now knowing that Jesus gave His life to free us and stands as the mediator between God and humanity, should change our perspective about Christmas and bring joy into our celebrations. This is going to be a Jesus centred Christmas where we celebrate a real Christmas with a real mediator.

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus