Youth News - December 2011
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YOUTH NEWS
December 2011
by Matt Kay

As we move into the holiday season, we are reminded of the most significant events in life that have and will continue to affect us the most. Advent reminds us of our waiting and longing. As the ancient Israelites had longed for God’s promise of a righteous Messianic King to come, we too, long for Christ’s Second Coming – when He will return to set things right and make all things new once and for all!

Christmas reminds us of the time of fulfillment that has already taken place! The Kingdom coming and God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven has begun in Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection! Christmas reminds us to live in light of these things that have already happened, that we may be transformed by Jesus’ sacrifice through trusting Him, and live in the power of His resurrection that sets us free from the power of sin!

The New Year reminds us that things can begin again. People often use January 1st as a marker to inspire some kind of change or “resolution” in their lives. Christians can be reminded of the God whose mercies are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3.22) who will return to “make all things new” (Revelation 21.5) and who has already made us “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5.17) in Christ. Every day is a new day that we can grab hold of God’s abundant life, forgiveness, and peace; and every day is an opportunity to live in such a way that lets the world know who our God is and what He’s up to – we get to be a living preview of the day when Jesus comes to fully and finally set up His Kingdom on earth!

This longing, this remembering, and this new life that we get to live in Christ is what Christians can celebrate during the holiday season and throughout the whole year, but too often what matters most gets obscured by the chaos of the holiday busyness and the consumerism of our culture. May your longing for more of God’s righteousness in the world move you to pray for the pain in this world (see Romans 8.18-27), may the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection draw your deeper into God’s love and power, and may you live in the newness of life that comes through His Holy Spirit this Christmas season! May we never be distracted, whether during this or any other time of the year, from Jesus Christ!

Grace & Peace, - Matt Kay

 
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