REWARD OF THE PIOUS . . . Our Lord says, “It is done”

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” (Reference: Revelation 21:5-7)

It is done. All the prophesies and foretelling has come to fruition. The holy child is laying in the manager, and Mary and Joseph are keeping watch over their sleeping child. The shepherds are coming, and the Wise Men will be following shortly after. The songs and praises of the from the heavenly choirs still ring in the air. And the star of Bethlehem shines on.

It is done. The weeks of shopping and wrapping are over. The Christmas feast is planned and ready to be laid on the table. Friends, neighbors, relatives and honored guests are congregated at tables and in living rooms across the country. Children of all ages are being watched over as presents are unwrapped, oohed and aah-ed over, and enjoyed. And the Christmas decorations twinkling brightly in households across the globe.

It is done. God has sent to us a means for salvation. God’s love has been made manifest in a way that cannot be ignored. And it will not be. It has not been. I doubt there is anyone on any continent that does not know about the Christian faith, even if it is not a faith they profess.

But in a way, it is just the beginning. Soon the new year will be coming. New hopes and new possibilities. Just when you think things have come to an end, they have a habit of beginning again. The writer of Revelation says that the Lord is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega. The Lord was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.

What God made manifest over two thousand years ago, we can began telling, believing, and living again and again. The Promise that came through the life and death of Christ will always be renewed. We have been and will be again, children of God.

May this day and this season find you with friends and family, loved ones all. And may the Christ who was born this day many lifetimes away be born in you anew in the coming year. Selah! And the merriest of Christmases!