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Roman architectural influence in Bet Sean, Israel

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Reason

Cliches are handy things. They are designed to remind us of things we should remember. The problem with cliches is that...well, they're cliches. They become so common, so constant, we stop thinking about them. 

"Remember the reason for the season!" is a cliche. It's

supposed to point to Jesus Christ, to remind us why we celebrate Christmas. All who call upon His name as Lord and Savior want to remember why December 25 is so important. So, in that respect, it's a good cliche. It's also a good cliche in that it should cause many to pause and consider why we all shift our attention to things like the Nativity, gifts, holiday cheer, family gatherings and even to the remembrance of those we love and have loved. 

The problem, if you stop to think about it, is that the cliche, in an odd way, tells us to think about Christ and our salvation for a few weeks in December, then to move on to New Year.

We need a new cliche.

We need a cliche that reminds us to think of our salvation all the time, reminds us, to think of our salvation at all times to be consumed by the beauty of God's grace and love for us, reminds us that when we were dead God saved us. We need to be reminded in February when the nights are long and cold, in July when we're at the beach, in September when we're packing school lunches. You get the idea. 

Scripture says this about Christ:

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Col 1:15-20

Christ is the reason for everything! Everything was created
by Him! He is the reason everything is here. He's the reason
everybody is here; those who knew Him, those who didn't, those who know Him, those who don't, those who will know Him and those who won't...everyone and everything!

Let's pray that He doesn't fade from the world's memory once the ornaments are packed away only to be dragged out again next November. As His bride, let's be a constant reminder that His love is the  24/7, fully-flowing, grace-saturated anchor for all of creation. 

He's not just the reason for the season, He's the reason. 

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