What are you getting from Christmas (5 of 5)
It's an impressive list: Freedom from performance, bondage, exile, and darkness. What more could anyone expect from the manger of God? Only one thing: Freedom to enjoy Christ as King.
God knew that to free us from things was not enough. It is the freedom to one thing that makes all the difference in the world - Freedom to live in God's kingdom. We don't have to live His way, but we are free to if we want too. The Lord's Prayer says all we need to know about God's Kingdom: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The invitation to live in God's Kingdom is to enjoy His present both now and forever.
The power of God's present is powerful - transformative - freeing. So, my prayer is that you will not focus on the commercially driven definition of Christmas which presses us toward more noise, hurry and crowds, but you will draw from Christmas the freedom to experience Christ as King.
O' come let us adore Him!! Christ the King!!!