This is the time of year where you’ll often here the cliché Jesus is the reason for the season. In five days we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As grateful that I am that Jesus was born, I’m even more grateful for his death and resurrection. Many are born to be great or do great things, but die without fulfilling their purpose. Yet Jesus, laid aside his deity of being God and thought it not robbery to become flesh (Philippians 2:5-8) that all mankind would have the opportunity to be saved and have eternal life. What if Jesus came in the flesh, but decided not to be obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8)? Would we still celebrate his birth? Would there really be any significance to his birth? To truly celebrate his birth, we have to be in agreement with the finished work of the cross. It’s the finished work of the cross that gives us the opportunity to choose eternal life. As a society, this is what Easter is all about-the finished work of the cross. I challenge you during these next five days as you’re wrapping your gifts, cooking your dinner, and preparing to celebrate with friends and family, to truly evaluate if you’re as grateful for the finished work of the cross as you are for the birth of Jesus. At Easter there’s no giving of gifts. Yes, we may buy a new outfit or a new outfit for the children, but there’s really no outward celebration of Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected. Let’s go into 2016 with Jesus being the reason for every season of our life. Not just at Christmas, not just at Easter, but every single day. Many believers will start a fast on January 1st, so I challenge you to seek God during this fast on the areas where you don’t have a full revelation of the finished work of the cross. This could be in the area of healing, finances, who you are in Christ, peace, marriage, etc. Whatever your area is, once you have the revelation of the finished work of the cross in that area, you’ll begin to see the manifestation of God’s promise to you in that area. Thank God that he loved us so much that he sent his only son, but I’m even more grateful that his son, Jesus, was obedient unto death. Come Up Higher Ministries wishes you and yours a merry Christmas, and this blog is just a little something to cause you to want to come up higher in Him.