It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Toys in every store, people in everywhere rushing, hoping to get their last-minute shopping done. It won’t be long now. In just a few weeks families will gather around their Christmas Tree and open their treasures from Santa and family members. It’s that way every year; so much to do and so little time it seems to get everything done. And yet, somehow it all seems to come together Christmas Day.
I am reminded every year to just slow down, take in the sights, relax a little and just enjoy the season for why we celebrate Christmas. This is such a special time for families but more deeply the real reason we rejoice is, that for us who are Christian, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
2000+ years ago God intersected time and humanity with Himself as the Christ child born of humble means in a stable of hay and animals. Imagine that: The King of all glory, God’s Son prophesied from the Old Testament comes to earth as a child born in a barn and not in a palace fit for The King that He is. And why is that? That we might be able to relate? That it just might prove that God can and will identify with what He created? Maybe…
Christmas is the blessing that brings salvation. Isaiah 9:1-7, “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan. 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
In a time of chaos and uncertainty God presents Himself bringing light to the darkness and joy and peace to the dishearten. With so much uncertainty still in the air today there is one thing we can be confident of: “God is still God! And He has your back! He is here right now, and He isn’t going nowhere. He is your peace and calm amid whatever storm we face. No matter the distractions, the noise, the busyness of your life God wants to be all over your Christmas. And He can and will be here for you if we let Him. The choice is ours!
So, take in the sights, hear the Christmas angels sing, see, and feel the presence of the One who truly makes Christmas real. Worship the Christ who came the first Christmas morning bringing salvation to all who will receive. Praying that you and yours have a very blessed Christmas season!
In Him, Your Pastor,