The Hope of the World

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

The birth of Jesus is certainly considered one of life’s greatest mysteries. A story told from the beginning of time. God calling Himself – the I AM; who was and who is and who is to come. Jesus, right there with His Father through it all, but not making His human debut until centuries later, not in any way that any one could imagine – in an animals’ dwelling, with no room for a bed, birthed by a young virgin girl – in the City of David, Bethlehem.

This time of year will conjure up in each of us different Christmas carols we have heard and sung through the years, possibly bringing warm memories of seasons gone by, the smell of baking cookies or crinkling wrapping paper on an early Christmas morning. In all of the memories and all of the need to make new memories, it can get easy to dismiss the focus our hearts toward the true meaning of the season. We can say with our mouths that we know it’s about Jesus, but just like any other time of the year, what are our actions speaking?

Christ in us – the hope of glory. Christ in us! Christ. In. Us. If we truly believe that Christ is the hope of glory, the hope of the world, we must look at the very beginning of the verse – “to them God willed to make known the mystery…” What is the mystery – CHRIST IN YOU!! This is the good news my friend. During this Christmas season, Jesus is not just a baby lying in a manger. He is THE Christ, Emmanuel, God WITH us, IN us. Our actions need to reflect an excitement to share THAT gift with others this season.

REFLECT:

Do I believe the mystery, that Jesus is Christ in me!? And if I do, with whom have I shared this incredible gift?

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