I was sitting in church, listening to a great message from my pastor Renny Ross. He was talking about the simplicity of Jesus. How we shouldnt have to complicate the message of the gospel. We shouldn’t have to dress it up or make it trendy for everyone to hear.
As I was listening, the Holy Spirit was talking to me and showing me something about submission. Awhile back, He showed me that “He could’ve said no.”Jesus could have said no to saving us. He could’ve said no to the physical pain and humiliation that he would have to endure. But he didnt say no. He said yes. He submitted to His Fathers will at any cost. He didn’t question it. He didn’t say ” It’s not fair. I don’t want to. There has to be another way!” That is probably what I would have said.
But he was the perfect sacrifice. He was the perfect human. And he was formed in perfect measure. And His love is the perfect kind of love that we all search for and cannot find in anyone else on Earth.
You know the Scripture Perfect love casts out fear. If there was any fear in Jesus during and after his hanging on the cross,, His perfect love for us overcame that fear.
Whatever fear we may be dealing with can be overcome by his perfect love. So do not be afraid. The angel told Mary not to be afraid. The fear she may have been facing was overcome by her love for her child. Her love for God helped her face any trials she was and would be going through. And that love helped her face seeing the suffering of her perfect child who had become a man and Savior of the world.
What if Mary hadn’t submitted to God’s will? Submission should be part of the mission of the body of Christ. Without submission, we would miss out on the perfect love that God has for us and His perfect plan. Knowing and trusting His will is the gift we should all hope and wish for this Christmas.
When you face your fears, if you submit your will His, His perfect love gives you perfect peace. Face your fears. Is it a secret illness you haven’t told anyone about? Is it the fear of success or failure? Is it fear that your finances will run out? I have fears. But I know that God does not give us the spirit of fear. But of power, love and a sound mind. I know its hard. I know that it is a part of life to face challenges. But I know this also.
“His light is love and his gospel is peace.” This Christmas, read the story. Not The Night Before Christmas. But read His Word. That is the best story you could ever read. Because it is true and very real.