As the season moves daily towards Christmas, the signs of the season are more apparent than ever. The lights, the carols, the sales of trees, special toys and sales galore are all around. You can see manger scenes in many places and everyone I know is talking about their Christmas plans.
In some places in the USA, the snow on the ground too signals the season, while I know from personal experience that down under, the weather is warming and summer vacations for school students is right around the corner. For a few years, Carolyn and I went to the beach after Christmas worship at the corps. We wore Chrissey costumes complete with antlers and Santa hats. Sight seers took pictures of ‘us Aussies’ to send home to the frozen north.
Whatever your traditions, experiences, or plans, Christmas is only Christmas when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. He’s the reason we have Christmas. Has He been born in your heart? Why not this year? Why not now?
“Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free. He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant, Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets: Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand; Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he’d do, What he swore to our father Abraham— a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world, made holy before him as long as we live. And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,” will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways, Present the offer of salvation to his people, the forgiveness of their sins. Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.” Luke 1:68-70 MSG