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Merry Christmas--I Cleaned Up Your Mess!

December 5, 2013

“Merry Christmas--I Cleaned Up Your Mess!”

by Omar Miranda


We all heard a scream and a crash as my daughter and I rushed into the dining room . . . only to find that my son had dropped oatmeal all over him and the floor. My son stood there in shock and my daughter, exasperated at her little brother (or “little bother” as she calls him) shook her finger in his face stating “Look at the mess you’ve made!”

I quickly shooed my son to his room to clean up and as he and I were returning to clean up the mess on the floor, we both heard my daughter sweetly say, “Merry Christmas Jackson . . . I cleaned up your mess!” I laughed out loud, but then I got very quiet and began to cry softly as the weight of those words washed over me like a tidal wave.

You see, on a Christmas night, some 2,000 years ago, in a little no-name town, a no-name teenage mother had a baby . . . born in a dark, drafty, filthy, stinky, cold, barn. John 1:1-4, 14 says “In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone . . . The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.”

God came down to be with us. When He was born, it was God’s way of saying to the entire human race—to you and me: “look at the mess you’ve made by sinning and turning your back on Me, but merry Christmas—I cleaned up Your mess!”

John goes on to tell us in chapter 3:16-17 “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!”

I’m so glad that God came into this world; not just to point out our mess, but to clean it up by being born as a helpless little baby. By living a perfect life and dying—though perfect—a sinner’s death, and finally being raised to life.

So Merry Christmas! Jesus has cleaned up the mess you could never clean up for yourself!

So live your life for Him and make sure that when you come across others who've made a mess of their lives, let them know that Jesus died for them to clean up their messes as well.

Merry Christmas and let’s never forget that Jesus is the reason for this season.

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