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Meek Souls Will Receive Him Still

December 25

Read John 14:1-7 (ESV) 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Reflect

What does today’s passage have to do with Christmas?

Merry Christmas! I hope that as you have been listening to Christmas carols this advent, that you have been soaking in some of the rich theological truths of the traditional hymns. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite verses of O Little Town of Bethlehem:

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given! 

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven. 

No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, 

where meek souls will receive Him still the dear Christ enters in.

Did you catch how that verse connects to our passage of Scripture? In today’s passage, Jesus described a wondrous gift that He is preparing for us—a place in heaven. Through His gift of Jesus Christ His Son, “God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.”

Jesus’ birth is a gift to us not just from God but it is the gift of God! When Jesus was born, God came down to be with us. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus came down as God in the flesh and lived among men.

In today’s passage, Jesus said if you know Him, you know the Father. Colossians 1:15 confirms that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Jesus shows us who God is and shows us how to get to where He is. When He left earth, He promised to prepare a place for us and return for us. He promised to take us with Him to heaven and to be with God the Father.

Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

Sons receive the inheritance of the Father. So, the gift of redemption through Jesus means that we receive everything He has in heaven! We will get to live in the presence of God, in the mansion of God! It is an indescribable gift! Better still, it is a free gift (Romans 6:23).

But we do have to receive Jesus. He is clear that He is the only way to the Father. We don’t get to heaven, except through Him. Sadly, many find this gift offensive. Instead of receiving Jesus with joy and thanksgiving, they refuse the gift and insult the Giver Himself. They want a different gift. They want to pick out their own present. They want to get to God and Heaven on their own terms. “Jesus can’t be the only way to God!,” the proud say.

But friends, as Philipps Brooks, a pastor and the writer of O Little Town of Bethlehem pointed out back in 1868, “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” It is the humble who accept the gift of Jesus Christ, not the proud. If you haven’t yet received the free gift of salvation found only through Jesus Christ, today would be a wondrous day to do so. Merry Christmas!

Pray

Father God, thank You for the gift of Your Beloved Son. Through Him, I see You. Thank You for the promise of heaven and the hope and joy it brings to my troubled heart. This Christmas, I receive Him still. Amen.

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