May we each and every day, as we await the return of the Son of God in glory, confess that Jesus is both God the Son and the son of God, and may that confession bring hope, faith, and love into our hearts.
“To live is Christ” means you don’t need a star to guide you today. You have something, someone, much better. You have the indwelling life of Christ guiding your heart.
Joseph was motivated to obedience by the hope of a savior. His adopted son would make it so that he could be God’s adopted son. And that same truth applies to you and to me this Christmas (and beyond).
So hear the invitation of God today to go and find the Christ child. The Prince of Peace. The one who takes all our sins and all our sorrows and turns them into everything good. The one that will take us to be with him forever. Run to him. Embrace him and embrace your alien God.
Zerubbabel had a choice to make in his waiting. Continue to live in exile in Babylon, or do the hard work of helping others worship the Lord. Zerubbabel made the right choice. How? Because he heard the promise of God, he knew the purpose of God, and he trusted the power of God. The power of God’s grace.
It is Christ’s death and resurrection alone that saves us. These are the two heroic acts that rescue us from the darkness and carry us into the light. Christ’s death saves us from guilt, fear, slavery, sin, death, strife, eternal sorrow, and brokenness, and Christ’s resurrection saves us into innocence, boldness, freedom, love, life, peace, eternal joy, and relationship. Into “to live is Christ.”