The Other Side of Christmas: December 19

Timeless Reminder – Turning to God  

December 19, 2019
by Justin Freeman             

John 3:16-21 (NASV) 
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
 
We would be hard-pressed to find a verse quoted more often than John 3:16. We can often hear the words of such a powerful verse, fail to grasp the meaning of it, and forget that this verse only begins to talk about the promise of Christ and the fulfillment He provided. God is a being of infinite love; He sent His Son to save a people that had rebelled against Him, are rebelling against Him, and will continue to rebel until the time of final judgment. He didn’t have to do that for us, but He promised that He would fulfill the covenant made between man and God, even though we are completely incapable of fulfilling our part in it.

The second half of this passage is not one we should forget either. We must remember that when we sin, we are not to hide that sin in shame from others and from God, but rather bring those sins forward to be exposed and to seek rectification. Hiding sin can seem like the easier choice, and at the start it may feel easier, but the longer we allow our sin to dwell in the dark, the harder it will be to bring our deeds to the Light and the more our sins will proliferate, infecting more and more of our lives.

During this season of celebration at the fulfillment of the promise of Christ, let’s not let the words of this passage ring hollow, but really focus on what this means for us. God is so loving that He provided a way for us to be with Him even though we struggle against His will at every turn. Do not allow shame to keep your sin hidden in the dark, but rather bring it to the Light so God may redeem you and allow you to heal.
 
RESPOND 
When you sin, don’t hide it from God. He already knows all your transgressions and He sent Christ to die on the cross regardless. Seek accountability from other brothers and sisters in Christ as well.
 
PRAY
God, how amazing You are that, despite all our rebellion and transgressions, You loved us enough to send Christ to take our place! Thank You for always providing for us even when we have done nothing to deserve Your love! Help us to bring our sins to the Light so that You may rectify us and our actions and drive us from hiding in the dark toward You. We love You and praise You. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.
 
About the author:
Justin Freeman
 
Justin Freeman has been attending Stafford Crossing since 2010 when his family found out a church was holding service in his high school. He volunteers both with the 4th and 5th graders during Kids Crossing as well as 7th and 8th grade boys at Fusion.