“As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”   Mark 1:11 Berea Study Bible

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! And it is a Merry Christmas indeed all because of God the Father and The Lord Jesus Christ Who was born, lived and died and was resurrected for the sins of entire world.  In the fictional story or song of the Little Drummer Boy, the boy desires to give a gift to Jesus (but he has none)  and to  honor Jesus and play his best for Jesus and in his sincerity and out of his lack he offers what he does have: to play his drum for Jesus.  In the song, only after his performance on the drum does he finally get Jesus’s smile as the little drummer boy says, “THEN he smiled at me.”  It all sounds very honorable and in a way it is but in many ways this is why and how believers struggle today.  They are so busy working for Jesus and trying to do things for Jesus that they have never truly taken the time to just sit and receive ALL that He has done for them.They are like Martha so enamored with doing things for the Lord instead of receiving the Lord in all of His fullness and beauty.  And as a result they wind up praying for  Jesus to do things that He has already done or given them but they never took the time to find out what was already given to them in Him.  One of the great things about Jesus’s life and God the Father is that in the above verse, God the Father proclaimed that Jesus was His Beloved Son and that He was well pleased with Him.  Why is this important?  Because Jesus had not yet did one work, or miracle or anything!! He had just come up out of the water from being baptized.  This is a picture  and a sign for us today that God the Father is not loving us or pleased with us based on our works, performance or lack thereof.  He just smiles and loves us and blesses us before we ever did anything and He sent His Son to redeem us when we could do nothing.  Look at this scripture.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love Ephesians 1:3-4 Berean Study Bible

You see how He choose us in Him(Jesus) before the foundation of the world to be holy blamesless in His presence in LOVE!!!  Beloved this Christmas know that you have already received God’s smile  and all His blessings before you do one work or performance.  He did what He did because He loves you and you cannot really do anything or give anything to Him until you have received from Him.  I pray you receive ALL of the gift that and Who is Jesus! Amen!

Merry Christmas and Shalom to you in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!

All the blessed to you!!!


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