“See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognise that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him.”
1 John 3:1
After the presents have been opened, the turkey has been eaten, games have been played and wine has been drunk, what is left? Is there still a buzz and do we still have the Christmas ‘spirit’? Of course. The root of our joy is knowing who we are, and our identity in our Saviour Jesus Christ. That is what we celebrate. His birth, life, death and resurrection. It is not a one-off event to remember but good news all year round. As C.S Lewis rightly said,
“The Son of God became a man, to enable men to become the Sons of God.”
That is the good news. The Gospel. The truth that remains throughout all generations and until the end of time. Jesus came into this dark world, to reveal His light, the light that shines in the darkness. His light exposes our wrongdoings and leads us to the path of repentance, acceptance and restoration. His light transforms us from being enemies of God to Sons and Daughters of the Most High God. That is joy; and that joy is not just for Christmas day, but all year round. We are His children because He loves us and we have accepted His love. Will you accept His invitation to become adopted into His family?