Merry Christmas! This is truly a time for celebration. And John 1:14 is a great place to begin:
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
And that was the fulfillment of the word spoken to Isaiah:
You shall call His name Emmanuel (God with us)
Think about that. With Him we have cause to celebrate 365 days a year. Without Him, there is no Christmas and little reason to celebrate on any day. Maybe the old hymn really ought to be one we sing at Christmas.
The opening line sets the tone and really says it all:
Without Him, I could do nothing…
But we really should face the facts and admit the truth. It’s more accurate to say we can do less than nothing on our own. The solution to that problem can be seen in Christmas. We can’t do anything, but Emmanuel is on the scene! He can do all things (even in faulty people like me!). He came to seek and save those who are lost. But He didn’t quit there! First, His salvation is mercy. Believers are freed from the punishment our sins rightly deserve.
But Jesus also gives grace. And grace gives us gifts that we don’t deserve. One of those is simple to explain and profound in its scope. Jesus still comes to smelly stables. Where? He promised to live within the hearts of sinful people like you and me.
He walks with us through our lives, and He has promised to be strong in our weaknesses. I can’t be strong in my weaknesses. That’s why they’re weaknesses. But He is willing and able to turn my nothing into something He can use. Aren’t you glad?
I hope this helps your celebration just a little bit. And from our family to yours…
Soli Deo Gloria!