Hello Sweet Cheer: Flesh and Blood

12.03.2013

Flesh and Blood

Happy Tuesday friends!

     I’m wrapping up my last FALL semester of college, and finishing 21 hours of credit (!!), so things are good here!  Everyone usually freaks out and studies like crazy during finals week but I like to take it easy, study efficiently, but have some quality down time as well.  We have dead day on Thursday (AKA lay-on-the-couch-and-watch-movies-day) and then finals start Friday!

     
     And then we arrive at CHRISTMAS BREAK.  I’m excited to be home with my family (as I always am) but mostly I’m super excited to spend time with my best friend for the LAST time before our lives change drastically!  Lauren and I usually hang out over Christmas break and in the summers but after we graduate she’ll most likely be starting grad school somewhere close to Clemson, getting married sometime in the next few years, and she isn’t planning to move back to Texas! :(  So this break will be our last big chunk of time to spend together without a care in the world!  I’m excited about making the most of it.
We go way back ;)



     Back to Christmas!  Everyone has different traditions and fun things they do during this season of the year.  Mine is mostly spent enjoying time with family since we are all spread out now!  We always go to Christmas Eve church service, have Mexican for dinner, and then wake up on Christmas morning to gifts from Santa followed by exchanging family gifts.  Traditions are so much fun and hold such fond memories for all of us! 

     But, it begs the question, what exactly is the point of all of this?  Why do we celebrate this holiday and what does it truly mean?  I’m not talking about the warm fuzzies we get when drinking hot cocoa by the fire or shopping for our loved ones, the joy that is felt when the kiddos notice that Santa actually ate the cookies, or even the peace that is present in the calm of Christmas Eve.  All of those things are good, but I’m talking about the whole point of the season and essentially the crux of this life!

     Hebrews 2:14-15 gives us a great picture of the entire point of Christmas.  It says, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery."  These verses are heavy and there is much to say about them but I want to focus on the first segment.  It says, the children (believers) share in flesh and blood, he himself partook of the same things (Jesus was flesh and blood).  This is the most incredible truth.  Jesus, the Son of God, was BORN onto this Earth and was flesh, blood, bone and muscle...just like you and I.  He was FULLY God and FULLY man, beginning on the day he entered this world as an infant.

     Now if you're a Christian who's been doing this walking with Jesus thing for a while, or you grew up in church or something, you're probably thinking, "Yeah, yeah it's the same story every year, Christmas is about Jesus."  I think as a whole we do remember that it's about Jesus.  As the church, we recognize that.  What I think we tend to forget is the gravity and importance that the birth of Jesus holds.  It's more than His birthday or a time to remember Him, but a time to reflect on the fact that the God of the Universe came to this wicked place to save us from our sins and essentially from ourselves.  He put Himself in the presence of sin and shame so that He might die in order for souls to be able to be won!  What a glorious and beautiful truth!


Have fun and enjoy the season this December, but remind yourself of the weight that Christmas holds.  It's a really big deal, it's essential to salvation.  Have a great week, friends!



5 comments :

  1. Great post! It is a great reminder of why Christmas is so special.

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  2. Netflix is definitely more fun than finals! ;)

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  3. I think the whole down time before finals thing is super important! You're more likely to remember stuff if you aren't exhausted from all night cram sessions! Enjoy your girl time with your bestie! I'd give anything for a few days with mine :)

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  4. you're almost to the finish line!! then one more semester and you'll get to be in the big word!! yay!! :) good luck girl!

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