Eyewitnesses of His majesty

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16)

Daily Advent Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Natalie Grant, sings in her Christmas song, “I Believe,”  “It is more than a fable, and it’s more than a fairytale, and more than my mind can conceive.” The miraculous birth of Jesus Christ is no cleverly devised fairytale. And while it is far more than our minds could conceive, it is the truth.

Before launching into the famous words of the Christmas story, Luke tells us that the inconceivable story that follows was delivered to him via eyewitness testimony (Luke 1:2). In compiling his Gospel, Luke would have interviewed both disciples and relatives of Jesus, perhaps even His mother Mary, which would account for some of the very personal details about her (Luke 2:19 for example). The Christmas Good News of great joy is more than just something “they said” but something that real eyewitnesses saw and experienced!

Lord, help me believe the truth of Christmas confidently. Amen.

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Life-Grip of Jesus

I give them [My sheep] eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)

In the season of gift giving you’d be hard pressed to out-give Jesus! Having already given us the great gift of Himself, we dig down to the bottom of the gift bag and find, lying beneath a bit of tissue paper, one more precious gift from Jesus: eternal life! How could we have missed it!? There it was, wrapped up in the death and resurrection of Jesus! There it is, one more promise of life without end. A promise that those who are in Christ shall not perish! That Christ absolutely refuses to ever let you go. “No one will snatch them out of my hand,” He boldly proclaims. Almost sounds like a death-grip, but not quite. No, this one is a life-grip. Jesus grabs hold of us with the only hand that can pull us from death to life!

Good Shepherd, hold on to me. Amen.