“Jesus’ blood never fails me.”
Besides being the most repeated line in the Delirious? song “Jesus’ Blood,” it is something that I have been relying on in my own life. God is so magnificent, so powerful, so loving and so forgiving, that there is nothing that I could do that would cause Him to give up on me. It is only I that can fail. And oh how often do I fail. Were it not for Jesus’ blood being shed for me, I would be in a much darker, much more desperate place. That is the power of something done two thousand years ago. Were He not God, I would not care. But I do. I do so much. In fact, I want to share His love and compassion with every single person that I come in contact with.
As we wrap up a snow-less November and head into December, I cannot deny a sudden swelling in my heart. Christmas is here! From childhood forward, I have always loved this season. It is a time of rejuvenation, rejoicing and realization for me every single year. It is rejuvenating in the way that it causes me to stop and breathe. Call it foolish in whatever way you want, but I long for nothing more than a still night with a gentle snowfall. When I close my eyes and fade into the dark with the crystaline gifts from God landing softly on my nose and cheeks, it’s enough to almost bring me to tears. God has given us a world of such beauty and majesty. How often do we take the time to sit and think about it? Better than that, how often do we let it move in and through us and stir up emotions and feelings that we didn’t know were lying so dormant? I try to do this as often as I can. Winter is just the time that I find it easiest. And I always come back to Jesus and the things that He did for us. The example of a life that He led, the words that He shared, but most importantly, the blood that He shed to cover the sins of the whole world.
Maybe it is too holistic for you to consider, but try looking at every part of Christ’ life this season. Amidst the family and food and decorations and gift-giving, as you look at Jesus’ life — stop. Just… listen. I’m serious. If you find a quiet place to sit and be still with God and meditate on His life and death, you will feel things that you haven’t before. God is searching for you. If you reach out to Him, He will come in and be with you. He wants to relate to you in the most private and inner part of your being. Please don’t get so wrapped up in everything else going on in life that you over-look Him.
Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
- Ian Christensen