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Monday, December 12, 2011

First YES-EL

One of the most beautiful things about the first Christmas is the willing parties involved.

Mary didn't HAVE to carry Jesus in her womb.  She was never forced.  She was given the honor to do it, the opportunity to participate in it, but never the obligation.  Not an ounce of pressure.  She willingly said 'yes'.  In fact, her words to the angel were, "I am the Lord's servant.  May it be to me as you have said."

And, Jesus Himself came willingly.  He tells us later that no one takes His life from Him, but He willingly lays it down.  His Father did not pressure Him.  Man did not pressure him.  Mary, his mother, did not pressure Him.  He said YES.  Yes to us.  Yes to being born.  Yes to dying.

And, so it is in the Kingdom. 

We are not pressured to follow.  We do not act out of obligation.  It is a not a religious duty. 

We are Freedom's children.  We say YES because we want to, not because we have to. 

We have the freedom to say No to NO-EL.  And, the freedom, like Jesus and Mary to say YES!

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