It can seem a bit strange considering sin and death at Christmastime, when everything seems happy and jolly – but this is the reality of why Jesus came to earth amongst us!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the now – the present-day.
It’s just five days until Christmas; look at the people around you, or think back to when you were last shopping. How differently would they be acting if they thought that Jesus was coming back in judgement for the Second Coming on the 26th December? How would their priorities change? What would we ourselves do differently?
As Christians, we know that when Jesus comes back, we will be taken up with him into heaven and spend eternity worshipping the Godhead together in glory. It’ll be awesome!
And our neighbours, friends and family who don’t know Jesus personally as their Lord and Saviour?
It’s tough; we pray daily that they would come to know him. But how often do we think to pray for the migrants, asylum seekers and refugees from nations where there is no church and few Christians? How can we best pray that they would be saved – and how can they be used by God to preach Christ’s victory in their home countries?
Today, PRAY in two ways;
- Pray with us now for all those in this country who are from nations where Christ is not well known. Pray that they would encounter the truth of the gospel, turn to faith and take the good news back to their homelands.
- Pray for our country. Pray that as a nation we would not succumb to short-termism, fear of the future or turn to instant gratification to remove the reality of death and suffering – but that instead we would seek comfort in the arms of our Father, and wash ourselves clean in the blood of the Son.