Emmanuel, God with us. He came so we may have life. He came to know the human experience. He came to die so that we may have a relationship with Him. He came to give us all; Grace. For some of us we may never believe we deserve grace. The call to faith is too great for many. For others, accepting something for nothing just doesn’t make sense. It is the greatest gift, receiving redemption even though we don’t deserve it. From the beginning of creation our Father has wanted relationship with us and He has had a plan all along.
Psalm 103: 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
He knows. That is grace to me. That He knows where I have come from, where I am going and He loves me anyway. He knows I am dirt, and yet He still holds His arms open wide, celebrating me. In Psalm 103:3-5 it says the benefits of God are forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, compassion, and He wants to satisfy the desires of our hearts. He knows. He knows you don’t deserve it. You can’t earn grace, He knows what you have done and where you have been. He knows we are dirt.
And even though He knows: He still came, He still lived. He still died. He still rose from the grave. And He is still coming back for us.
Of all the gifts we have received this and every holiday season. The greatest gift is grace. It is for you and everyone, it is for the world. It is ours for the receiving.