Don’t you just love a good story? One that hooks you from the very first scene and keeps you on the edge of your seat through the building of the plot, the introduction of each character, the climactic struggle between good and evil, and ends with a happily ever after? I love the ups and downs of a story, but I mostly love the dramatic rescue that gives us the happily ever after. The hero swoops in and saves the day! Or even better yet – saves the girl! (yes, I’m a romantic.)
I believe the greatest tale of rescue is told in the first Christmas, documented in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. We hear of an epic adventure that takes place across many treacherous miles for an engaged couple expecting a baby. We read about interrupted plans, angels appearing and speaking to shepherds at night, and wise men following a shining star to visit a child born a king in a stable. Wow! Great story, right?!
The main character in this account is Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 1:15, that Jesus came into the world to rescue sinners, and the Christmas story is the account of the hero’s arrival. It’s not only a good story – it’s the greatest story in history. And He does more than just save the girl – He saves ALL of us. From His birth told at Christmas to His death on Good Friday and His resurrection at Easter, Jesus’s story is the ultimate love story of redemption and transformation. The Christmas story is OUR story! It’s the story of OUR rescue from sin and death. It’s the story that tells of grace over guilt. The Christmas story changes everything! We have the opportunity to be rescued from darkness to live happily ever after on earth now and in heaven for eternity because God has written us into His story. Talk about an adventure!
Take time during your Christmas holiday to read this story told in the Bible with its dramatic ups and downs and unexpected twists. Put yourself in the story, get caught up in the action, and let it transform your holiday and your ever after.
As we turn the calendar from 2018 to 2019, Body & Soul Fitness will begin focusing on our theme of “Be Transformed”. Join us as we use Romans 12:2 as our theme Scripture verse and “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Make the new year a time of reflection and refocus as you take inventory of 2018 and set personal goals for 2019. Then move into the new year with hope and confidence, knowing that life is made up of unexpected yet exciting adventures that write our stories.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Body & Soul Fitness!
Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.