Advent Devotional: Free

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Malachi 4:2 (NLT)

I long for healing.

Maybe you do too…

Healing from thinking…

That you have to change your spouse, if you’re going to be happy.

That you have to stay on top of everything, if you’re going to impress people.

That you have to do everything right, if your children are going to turn out OK.

That you have to control what others think about you, if you’re going to feel valued.

That you have to be successful, if you want your parents approval.

That you have to behave a certain way, if you want God to love you.

If so, Christmas is for you.

The first coming of Jesus is a reminder to all of us that God is more willing to clean up our messes than we are willing to mess things up.  The arrival of the Son of Man—God in skin—frees us from the pressure we feel to save ourselves from loneliness and lostness, despair and disappointment.

He comes to bring healing from our malady of self-salvation.

When Jesus came, He took away the pressure of having to find, fix & free ourselves.

We no longer are held tyranny to the need to be right, regarded respected or revered.

We don’t have to live under the oppression of “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

Jesus came to give us what we could never earn, and as a result we don’t have to be worn out trying to establish, justify and validate ourselves.

Christmas shouts:  “You are free!”

Jesus became nothing so that you—as nothing—could have everything.

You are loved!