It recounted Luke 2:6-7 account on the birth of Jesus Christ which stated that, “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son”. It tells us that Jesus is the “light of all mankind” and “the true light”. Did you know that Jesus is called the Prince of Peace in the Bible? Matthews calls her, “another Mary, who for a reasonable fee, less than reputable was known to be”. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David for all eternity. Sadly, many Evangelical Christians are just as power-hungry as the religious leaders who pursued Jesus, but they use Jesus as their excuse for it. Dave Matthews once introduced “A Christmas Song” by paraphrasing Oscar Wilde: “If Christ was alive now the one thing he wouldn’t be is Christian”.
Christmas, in the Christian tradition, is a celebration of God becoming human as a gift of love.
If we’re not careful, we can fail to understand the weight and seriousness of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those tired of illness understand that the presence of the surgeon is only good news if they actually undergo the procedure. It is just that the meaning of Christmas is supposed to be recognition of an appreciation of the birth of our Lord, who loves us and died for us in our place. An inner calm will dominate our hearts, despite all the problems in the world or our lives. They are meant for daily remembrance. This Jesus came into the world, as a baby, born to a teenage mother and carpenter father, not a king and queen. Knowing that God has forgiven and forgotten our sins, what good can come from carrying them around and allowing them to steal our peace?
Admittedly, the joy of the occasion has not yet sunk deep nor has it been truly felt by most of us because of the series of devastations in our country particular the recent landslide in Biliran Leyte that caused the loss of so many lives and enormous damage to property. Take time to read John 1:10-14.
Further, many conservative Christians appear to be galvanized by nearly nothing but opposition to the abortion option for women. No matter what happens, we can be assured of God’s love and calm assurance that everything will work out as He wants in His own time. What still seems like a bad dream became reality on Tuesday after Christmas when our family gathered to celebrate James’ life with blessed assurance he was celebrating at Home in Heaven.
Christmas celebrations become even more momentous as it is a day of giving and sharing, Christmas has also brought out the best in people who shower their love and affection towards the underprivileged and the needy.
Let’s pray a prayer together. He rose again and will return so that we might enjoy the victory that is his alone by right. “We may know the story quite well; maybe we can even recite one of the key scriptures: “. It’s easy to get confused about why we do what we do, especially religiously.
Remember saying a prayer doesn’t cost a thing.
The Rev. David Witt is pastor of Opequon Presbyterian Church in Winchester.