Hello, David here
It was a pretty simple scene that first Christmas – a rough room, a young couple and nothing but a feeding trough to put the child in. It was probably quite cold and with family far away there was little help. Not exactly the Christmas Card moment we like to show in Christmas pageants. This humble and rustic scene marked the greatest event in the history of mankind.
Jesus became human and came to earth to save us. God had promised to send a Messiah, one who would save His people. He could have easily burst on the scene as a full-grown man, a seven-foot warrior with fiery eyes and arms of steel. This was what many people were looking for, but it wasn’t how God did it. He arrived in the arms of a young girl. He was, as someone once said, “a very small package, wrapped in rags, given from the heart of God. The perfect gift.”
God gave His only Son to die in our place so that we, in all our brokenness, could know forgiveness. He came so that we could know what love feels like, real love – love that never leaves, love that never disappoints, love that is never betrayed. He sent His Son into a corrupted world to bring us hope.
So my friend, how are you doing this Christmas? Are you having a hard time finding hope in the world? Are you having a hard time finding peace? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have peace and find hope and know forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Here are some thoughts to ponder as we rapidly approach Christmas:
- What is the rush leading up to Christmas distracting us from?
- What would a rustic, simple Christmas look and feel like to you?
- How can you bring this into your Christmas?
- If you were to unwrap the tinsel trimmings and Christmas cliches of the words, peace, joy, and hope, what does these words say to you?
- Will this change anything?
- What will you do next?
May you, my brothers and sisters, and the ones you love find peace, joy and hope this Christmas.
Now, take five minutes, pause, breathe and let the sound of Christmas fill your soul.