The peaceful night before our Lord was born.
Truly ponder what an incredible night that was!
Father God knowing what was about to happen…
…how His majestic Perfect Plan would make way for the world to forever change in 33 or so years through His sweet, newborn Son.
I can just imagine what an incredibly special, awestruck, and brilliant moment it was when Father God would soon hear His precious Son’s first breath! Can you imagine?
And with Father God also fully understanding what would happen to His beloved Son in 33 years…
…how the creation He so deeply cherished and loved would have the ability to finally – and thoroughly – connect with Him in deep love and friendship through His Son.
…knowing how His newborn Son would greatly suffer one day…
…realizing what horrible pain and agony His Son would experience.
As the Father anticipated hearing His precious newborn’s first cry, the Father fully already knew of the terribly anguishing cries of the Cross…
…yet in His great, GREAT love for us, He STILL chose to sacrificially carry out His extravagantly loving plan.
I can just imagine how Father God’s great big beautiful heart carried the most awful, crushing, yet beautifully bittersweet feeling.
That precious, soon to be incredibly important day in all of history.
That incredible Christmas Eve when the angels waited with great anticipation and great expectation.
That glorious next day when the King of all Kings would be born in a simple, peaceful, humble stable.
The Father knowing, on that very first Christmas, His Son would choose to die for all mankind. Knowing His Son’s birth would ultimately lead to being painfully pierced on the cross … to save the humans He loved so very much … including you and me.
That distinguished night when this magnificent, splendid, beautiful Son’s purpose was about to unfold and begin…to one day willingly lay down His life and take on – and fully feel and experience – every heartach, sin, and facet of brokenness of all those He loved.
…Every sin ever committed
…Every grief event
He willingly submitted to God’s plan to save a doomed, hurting, sin-filled, and dying world.
Can you imagine?
And He promises:
…To heal every hurt
…To wipe away every tear
…To help, carry, and see us through every life challenge
…To forgive every sin
…To give each of our lives true and abundant meaning
…To give each of us a specific Life Purpose – a purpose so unique, only we can fulfill it
…To be the most exceptional Best Friend we’ll ever have, experience or know
Ponder…truly ponder…the incredible love and miracle that was about to unfold that very first Christmas night.
You are incredibly loved, cared for, and have a Father God who mightily declares, “You are My beloved…My heart…I love you more than anything…YOU are my treasure.”
Christmas Eve is the night before the most significant day in all of HIStory.
What an extravagant miracle and promise Christmas Eve holds!
Can you imagine His great love for you?
Truly – truly – ponder it!
Prayer: “Father God, I cannot even comprehend how Your great heart felt the night before Your precious Son was born — and I cannot even comprehend what great joy and pain coincided in Your heart the day Your precious Son was born. Thank You, Abba Father, for your extraordinary plan and for Your Son’s magnificent sacrifice! We certainly have done nothing to deserve such a lavish, extravagant, and sacrificial Gift…but we are extremely thankful You love us so much that You orchestrated the most marvelous, perfect, miraculous plan! This Christmas Eve, may we not only see the beauty in Your precious, perfect plan, may we also be so humbled as we celebrate the birth of Your Son and His great sacrifice! There are simply not enough words to thank You – and show love to You – for Your special Christmas Gift! We love, cherish, treasure, and adore You so very, VERY much! Father, THANK YOU!! In Jesus name we pray, Amen!”
Lookup: Titus 3:3-7, Luke 2:17-20, Luke 2:10
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