I just felt I should post something for Christmas. 😀
It’s almost over, but I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas. Below are some reasons why:
1) It’s a worldwide holiday. Everyone’s heard of Christmas. But not all have heard of Christ. So it’s a great opportunity to share the gospel.
2) I love carolling. This was not always the case, but I’ve grown to increasingly appreciate the Advent and Christmas hymns and songs. Also, carolling nights are great bonding times, and are unique opportunities in which to share the gospel.
3) It’s great to see a church working together to pull off a celebration as a witness to non-Christians.
4) I learnt a lot this year, which I will share below.
As Christmas 2008 draws to a close, we must remind ourselves that since the very day Jesus was born – when divinity entered into our humanity, when God took on flesh and became the God-man – we have been living in the greatest of times. For the first Christmas never drew to a close. Jesus remains the God-man. He is our Brother as well as our Lord. He is our high priest forever, making intercession for us at the right hand of God. He is our eternal mediator, through whom we enter into the fellowship of the Godhood. Jesus never shed His humanity. Instead, He seeks to redeem ours and will on that final day.
This is the blessed hope of Christmas. Just as angels announced the arrival of the baby Jesus on that first Christmas, there will come a day when angels shall sound the trumpet and Christ will return in glory to establish His kingdom permanently, and we shall enter into His glory. On that day, the angels’ song on that first Christmas will reach its glorious consummation:
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.
In the knowledge that God’s favour rests on us because of the redeeming power of the blood of Christ, we can trust in this great promise: on the final day, God’s glory will shine brighter than it ever has, and we will finally be at peace, free from the woes of sin and suffering.
We live in the reality of a never ending Christmas, in hopeful anticipation of a greater Christmas. The years will come and go, but Jesus will forever remain the God-man. And that is the true reason for our joy this season.