The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1: 15-17

It says it all right here. Jesus came to save sinners and we, just like Paul, are the chief among them.

The reason for the season.

The coming! He came….for us!

Advent is the coming of the precious, undeserved gift that the God of the Universe gave to each of us. He did. He handed it to us in a sweet little manger and He whispers to us, “I came to set you free. I came to win you back, and to always, always love you.”

Let that sink in. Sit with it for a moment. Take a breath and think about what God really gave you this Christmas. Yes, it is so easy to skip over it, make light of it, for it to get lost in the midst of the mayhem of the busyness. But don’t let it. Drink it in. This Advent we remember. He came for YOU.

And this coming is just the beginning. It points us to the Cross. It points us to mercy {verse 16}. But it doesn’t leave us there.

It points us there for a purpose. We, like Paul, can display Christ to a watching world. We are image bearers! We are salt and light. We are the light that you can’t hide under a bushel.

So this season, in the midst of the hype and hoopla, let the world hear us loud and clear, praising together, saying,

“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen!!” 

Let it ring out of your heart with gratefulness for what has been done for you. Let it soar from your lips in your home, the grocery store, the parties, and everywhere. Let us be a people who recognize the mercy that has been given us, and people who can’t wait to tell that Story.

Merry CHRISTmas from Uganda,

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