Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Advent focuses on the coming of the Messiah. The Israelites awaited the coming of a Messiah who they thought would rescue them from the hands of their enemies and would declare himself king. What they failed to realize was that the Messiah was someone who was coming to redeem the world from sin and would declare himself king of our hearts. Jesus restored hope through his message of mercy. But many missed the fact that Jesus was the Messiah and many rejected Him. Join me today as we learn how to embrace Christ’s mercy and restore our hope this Christmas Season.
Many times we will find Christ’s message of mercy spread throughout the gospels. Remember the story of the prodigal son? The son had gone to his father and demanded that he give him his inheritance. He then took that inheritance and foolishly spend every last penny of the money on drinking, clothes, bad business investments, and on prostitutes. He been rejected by every friend he had after his money was gone and he started to go around sleeping on the streets and begging for food. At his lowest point, he was eating with a farmer’s pigs. It was then that he decided that even his father’s servants ate better than him and that he’d go home and beg his father to allow him to be his servant. But the father was watching that road as he had been every day since his son had left. When he saw his son, he ran to him, embraced him, and kissed him. The son wept and apologized to his father and begged for mercy. The father then restored hope by showing mercy and called for a fine robe and rings and shoes and threw him a party. He had forgiven his son.
Maybe there is something in your life that has stolen your hope. Maybe you feel like you have done something or said something that is unforgivable. Maybe you’ve committed a crime. May be you’ve done something unspeakable. Today hear Christ calling. Turn to him, for he is ready to restore your hope and give you mercy abundantly. Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, and sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recover the sight of the blind, and set freely those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then he finished by saying, Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
So embrace Christ’s mercy. Let this Christmas and coming year be the Year of Mercy! He is coming into your hearts in a special way this Christmas. Unlike the innkeepers, make room for him today!