For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  Colossians 1:19

It was a hot and miserable morning in south India, the kind when you awaken damp. Your bedsheets are damp and it only going to get hotter. I remember the morning I felt inspired to copy this card. I wrote it in pencil, so I did not smear ink.

Despite being generally miserable, I found delight that morning and was surely encouraged.  As I began the book of Colossians, I was delighted as I came upon this verse.  God, our Father in Heaven is pleased that all fulness should dwell in His Son.  This verse grabbed my attention and caused me to pause and think.

I like to think about how God did things, not simply because they needed done. The God of the universe has a full range of emotions, after-all, we were created in His image. He was pleased with creation; He saw and said it was good. There again, pleased. He made this world for us and He wanted it to be fabulous, in today’s terminology.  

Every time I read this verse on this card, I am fascinated with the phraseology, so simple and lovely.  While it is October, go ahead – let your minds turn to Christmas. Purpose that you will celebrate Perfection born in a stable. Purpose that you will make more of Jesus than you ever have. Begin praying over the coming months. We do not know what is ahead, but we never have. if there ever was a time to keep priorities in order, it is now. 

If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!  John MacArthur