“Let Earth Receive Her King”, by Pastor Mark DuPré
The second line of a well-known Christmas song…
Christmas time is a time of giving, and we would usually think that giving to God is what’s required. But the Bible says otherwise sometimes:
In response to God’s goodness, we are to receive!
Receiving is a strong theme in the Scriptures, especially in regard to Jesus.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. (Jewish people)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”
Jesus came to earth as a baby, lived a perfect live, and then died as a sacrifice for our sins to give us the right to become His child today…if we’ll just receive Him.
But we can’t receive if something is already in our hands. If our hands are filled with busy-ness and activities, or our hands are angry, or our hands are filled with our own sense of goodness, we might not realize how much we need to receive.
The “good enough” thing: no one, on their own, is good enough. We might be a lot better than others when we compare ourselves, but that’s not the standard God uses.
Romans 3:10–no one righteous
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
is the kicker, as it tells us what is needed to see the Lord: Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
I John 1:8
we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
.I John 1:9
tells us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Come and receive Him this Christmas. He is more than you can imagine. You just have to empty your hands–or actually, just realize that your hands really ARE EMPTY of anything of eternal worth, and then take up His gift of salvation. This is why He came!