Greetings, David here.
This week Rob wrote about the real joy of Christmas. What, then, is the real joy of Christmas? John 1:14 sums it up.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God said YES to us. That’s what it comes down to. He chose to close the chasm that had opened up between us and him when we chose to run away from home. Jesus came to rescue us and take us back to the Father and he did it by stepping into the chaotic mess of humanity as one of us.
In Psalm 31, David talks about this rescue and the Rescuer. He prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2a). He goes on to describe how God saw the ‘affliction and … anguish of [his] soul’ (v.7b). Yet God did not hand him over to the enemy (v.8a). He rescued him and has ‘set [his] feet in a spacious place’ (v.8b). In Jesus we receive the ultimate rescue.
Some questions for you to consider this week:
1. If Jesus came to rescue us, what are we bound up in?
2. What would escape or rescue look like?
3. Do you know anyone that needs this rescue?
4. What do you need rescuing from?
5. What will you do next?
This week may you know that you have been rescued from all my your enemies, from shame, traps, affliction and the anguish of your own soul. May you know that Jesus leads and guides you always. May you experience your own rescue and the security of His refuge, in the spacious place of Christmas and rest.
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.