Past, Present, and Future

How’s your week going? I’m praying that whatever is happening in your life, good or bad, happy or sad, that you are reminded today that you are loved beyond measure.

If I ask you now, when you read or hear the word Christmas what do you immediately think of? We’d all like to think that we’d be super holy and say Jesus. But in reality, I think that at this time of year in the build-up to the big day, other things often spring to mind. The presents, the parties, the food, the memories, and experiences you need to make.

Advent has always been a time to prepare our hearts and minds, to the coming of Jesus. So today as you read the rest of this email, let’s take five minutes, to prepare our hearts and minds for Christ. We’ll use a bit of Charles Dickens to help us, with Christ in the past, present, and future.

Past…
Jesus has always been and will always be. He was with God at the very creation of time itself. We sometimes focus so much on Jesus’ ministry on earth we forget this. What does this passage bring to mind for you?

The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 1:1-4

Present…
In Galatians 4:4-5 it says,
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

We have been adopted into Gods family because we are redeemed by His sacrifice. Is that a promise that you cling on to? Are you still as ecstatic now about being God’s son/daughter as you were the day you gave your life to follow Christ? How are you living your life for Him?

Future…
We are waiting. We are waiting for the coming of Christ again.  We can have hope and
assurance, because one day we know that our future looks like this –  

God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelations 21:3-4
Are you trusting in the promises of God today?

Jesus is our past, present, and future. In Him there is great hope, with out Him there isn’t much of anything. Wherever you are reading this, take a deep breath in and as you breath out, let go of all the ‘Christmassy’ things that fill our heads. Now give thanks and praise Jesus, our living Hope and conqueror, who has always been and will always be.

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