Friday, December 10, 2010

How Chess Relates to Christmas

"Christmas is about reconciliation.  It is God's move on the chessboard of time to keep us from being checkmated by the devil." -- Kay Arthur in Lord, I Give You This Day.

Don't you love that quote??  What a vivid word picture -- we were trapped with no way out, and God sent Jesus to provide a supernatural way of escape from inevitable destruction!  That is the message of Christmas!

To reconcile means to make peace, to make compatible, to remove enmity, to restore.

Consider these verses, which I am sharing in the Amplified version:

"But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].  It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against men their trespasses [but cancelling them] and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).  -- 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

"While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly. . . .But God shows and clearly proves His own love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. . . . For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin's dominion) through His resurrection life." -- Romans 5:6,8,10

As you go about your busy day today, making preparations for your family's unique celebration of Christmas, take time to ponder these verses and to thank God for reconciling us to Him!


Rebecca's Refining said...

I had to smile at your devotional message in the picture of a chess game! :)
A great reminder..thanks!
I am so blessed to have a sister that loves God, and seeks to share Him with others!

Hannah Elizabeth G. P. said...

i awarded u with the "versatile blogger award" on my blog :)

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