“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” (The Grinch by Dr. Seuss). This quote was sent to me by my stepbrother-in-law, missionary Keith Sorbo. As I considered this quote, I thought of the people of Jesus’ day. So many missed the significance of God’s Son coming into the world! Only the immediate family and a few shepherds experienced the awe and wonder of God’s indescribable gift. Sadly, for most, the birth of Jesus was just another night after just another hard day of work…nothing special. What will this Christmas be for most people in our nation? What will Christmas be for you? After a year dominated by COVID-19, it’s hard for most people to rejoice. Maybe you lost a loved one. Maybe your job has disappeared. Maybe your future is drastically different. If our hope is for this life only (as Paul said), we are most miserable. Will it help if we simply go to a store and buy things for those close to us? Or is there more? Jesus challenged us to seek in order to find. What if we sincerely seek the Lord in prayer…asking Him to reveal the reason for His coming? What if we discover that His coming dominates the reason for our living? Christmas reminds all of us that, no matter how dark the circumstances, Jesus breaks through as the Light of the World! His life inside of us, through the Holy Spirit, renews our hope day after day. For the believer, the birth of Jesus the Christ is a sacred event…a time to celebrate and give thanks for the new birth He made available to us. Christmas is a lot more than what we can buy. It’s an opportunity to worship God for what He has purchased for us…our salvation through the birth, death and resurrection of His One and only Son. No matter what you’re going through, God has been good to you. He continues to provide for your needs and gives true joy and peace. Enjoy Christmas by loving Christ!
Pastor Mark Boucher