This past Sunday many churches were supposed to have worship services celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Some did, personally we were unable. Though we did do so at home. We watched one of our favorite communicators, Ed Young on the television. Beyond worship service cancellations there have been many other cancelled activities and change of plans. Even NFL football had to adjust the times of some of their games. Much of the east coast has been RE-ROUTED.
This reminds me of the inaugural Christmas with Joseph and Mary. During their expected pregnancy the government called for a census leading many to change their plans and re-route toward home. Joseph and Mary had a more difficult time finding “home” probably because of their controversial pregnancy. Unfortunately, family tends to stay away when there is trouble or trial. Yet, it was all in God’s plan because their re-route fulfilled prophecy and paved the way for our humble, Servant King. Even greater, the birth of Jesus allows for you and I to re-route. Because Jesus came into the world we are able to believe in Him and have forgiveness of sin. The Bible calls our re-route, “repentance”. Indeed repentance is complicated, much more than the re-route of our schedules. Nonetheless, it is what is required for our desired destination; that of being fully satisfied in life, freed from the bondage of guilt and regret from sin, and experiencing the rich hope and love of relationships which can only come through Jesus Christ. Beyond this, everyone thinks they are going to heaven but only those who “re-route” are!
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:11-12)
The re-route may cause some conflict and trouble but God promises to comfort in the midst of any challenge. Jesus is calling you to re-route and believe this Christmas season. How will you respond?