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I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
The theme of fear …
when mankind finds itself suddenly in the presence of God
weaves it’s way through all of scripture from the fall in the garden to the final judgement in Revelation.
Christmas changed everything.
Mary, Joseph and the shepherds were all reassured and told in fact to not be afraid.
Scripture tells us that perfect love casts out all fear,
and Christmas signaled the beginning of the most important three chapters of a Divine love affair
between our Bridegroom Jesus and His bride (the true Church universal).
Custom in Jesus’ day would have it that the groom and his parents
pay a dowry to seal a betrothal or engagement much like the one between Joseph and Mary.
Usually around a year later the bridegroom would come at midnight to claim his bride
and take her to his Father’s house amidst joyous celebration of friends and family.
Finally, a marriage supper celebration would sometimes go on for days
much like the wedding in Cana in John 2.
The birth of Christ …
in Bethlehem was a game-changing fear-not event
because the Bride of Christ was about to learn in person that this love affair was covered
in the richness of God’s mercy or as Paul penned in Romans 5:8,
“But God demonstrates His love towards us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us” and in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Yet, because we live our lives in such a flawed and imperfect world
where our love for each other can fall so short of God’s standard,
the thought of entrusting oneself completely to the mercy and kindness of another
can be ever so unnerving.
is so powerfully highlighted …
by the wedding day of Jay & Diane Chung.
In a moment of pure transparency, Diane even put these words to paper,
You have taught me the love of the Father
I used to be intimidated by your kindness
Fearing that I didn’t deserve your goodness
But you have never stopped being good to me
It is Christmas …
when we are reminded that the Gift of Mercy not only came when least expected,
but looks us in the eye and says,
“I came for you”.
Soak that truth in this December
and have yourself a very “mercy” Christmas!
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God’s Mercy This Holiday Season?
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A Very “Mercy” Christmas