“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 The Living Bible)
If there is any truth at all in the Gospel, when we stop to think seriously, the birth of Christ is the most significant event in history. Before He came, people of faith looked forward to His coming. The Jews, God’s Chosen People, were picked for an assignment, namely: To be a “Light to the Nations,” and to predict and prepare for the coming of MESSIAH. Tomorrow morning our calendars will look back upon His arrival as though that were the central point in human history.
HE WAS ACTUALLY HERE, IN PERSON, AT A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE IN HISTORY!
If Jesus had not been born, none of the facts in the Christian faith would mean anything. All the beautiful and good ever accomplished in His Name would be of no consequence. . . if, in fact, they’d ever have been accomplished in the first place, apart from the motivation He provided. As confused and chaotic as the world seems to be today, none of us can begin to imagine what it would have been like without His influence.
It might take an enormous effort, but if we could for a while sweep aside the irrelevant, the “chaff” . . . beautiful, sweet-smelling and sweet-sounding stuff, but “chaff” nevertheless. . . perhaps we could see, and hear, and understand what Christmas is really all about. Or, better yet, WHOM Christmas is about.
Before you get really caught up in the insane red and green rush to find the best buys in the latest fashion fad or the hottest contaminant-free toy and the absolute last minute “must-haves” at the mark down counter, wouldn’t it make immense sense to just stop? And think? Before you allow another opportunity to elude you, wouldn’t it be wise to stop and ponder? And wonder? And experience what Christmas is really about?
May the fullness and richness of the blessing of Christ be upon you and yours at Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and all the days of your lives
God’s servant, your friend, brother, and fellow student ~donkimrey~
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