Just as there can’t be life without death, there is no death of Christ without His birth. Both are proof of God’s loving commitment to abiding with His people. God had the ancient Hebrews construct the tabernacle and the ark so that He would be able to dwell among His people. God in His ultimate wisdom always knew that the Hebrew law was a temporary solution. Thus, through the prophets, the Hebrew people were given the prophecy of Christ, who would bring about a new age. We know that God’s intentions never fail and so Christ was born despite King Herod’s attempts. God dwelt among His people in the tabernacle, He dwelt among them as Christ, and now He abides in everyone who has been baptized. We are living temples for God’s Holy Spirit. God dwells among His people as it has been since the beginning.
What does it mean to live as a person in whom God abides, as a Christian? It means you are a part of a family that is bigger than yourself, a whole world full of people that also are personally bonded with God. As a family and as an individual we need to make sure we are constantly growing and maturing in our relationship with God. When we grow and mature with God we are doing so with and in the perfect example of love. Your life will only be blessed evermore for it because you will learn to love bigger, better, and stronger than ever before. You will also spread this love to others, all because of God and His word. But this life will not also be improved with God, your eternal one will be as well. Because following God through baptism is the only way to eternal salvation. God never fails to guide, love and protect His people like a shepherd. All year round remember God, Christ’s birth, and Christ’s death and all that they have done for us.
Inspired by: Exodus 25-26, 1 Corinthians 2-3, Phil. 3: 12-16, Col. 4:12, Heb. 5:12-14, Gal. 3:26-29, John 17:20-23, 1 Tim. 3:15, Eph. 4:12-16, Rev. 21:3