Love Came Down: What Is There To Lose?
For most people, Christmas is a beautiful time of abundance, sharing, community, giving, and receiving. With this, there's also lots of expectation that what we are given will be both something we want, and something that will be of value to us.
With this season of giving and receiving, I am moved to remember the time in history that humanity were given the choice to receive life to the full through Jesus' birth, forgiveness of every sin ever made - past, present, and future - access to the creator of the universe who can also be called ‘Father.’
Isn’t this just the ultimate gift?
‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This year I have been reflecting upon what it means to walk and live as a follower of Jesus; often our first thought is what we have to give up, what we lose, what we’re going to surrender in order to follow Christ. Similar to giving a gift at Christmas time, there can be an aspect of sacrifice (money, or time) involved in being a Christian.
However, incomparable to any material gifts received at Christmas, what we gain in following Jesus is far better than anything we lost. It’s like taking off the old Christmas jumper with its snags, bobbly bits, holes, ketchup stains, and joyfully putting on a new, 100% cashmere one. I want 2017 to be a year I spend marvelling at what is to gain by following Jesus wholeheartedly, how what I already have can be transformed and magnified by Jesus, rather than what I might lose.
By accepting and following Jesus, we can live in anticipation of beholding the ‘glory of God’ (John 11:40), ‘eternal life’, (John 10:28-30), the promise of safety, ‘no one can snatch them out of my hand’ (John 10:28-30), and the assurance of counsel and comfort, a mighty protection, a Father, and peace beyond comprehension.
As we celebrate Christmas and anticipate the arrival of 2017, I’m choosing to remember that what I may lose and sacrifice through follow a baby lying in a manger turned King of the Universe, Jesus, is simply incomparable to what he offers us.
Take off the old jumper this Christmas and embrace an undeserved but freely given, newly woven, clean, and beautiful jumper that lasts forever.
Hailing from London, Nadia is studying Theology in Durham at St Chad’s College, where she met Lucy as a fresher. Nadia has loved the opportunities that MP brings, including the chance to be involved in events and giving talks for the first time! She is always praying that girls would be changed and pointed to Jesus.