I am blessed to have many fond memories of Christmas. However, there was one thing I missed growing up: snow! During my younger years, my family lived in Las Vegas where it almost never snowed. Except…that one Christmas morning.
My little brother and I ran outside, giggling and laughing as we pummeled each other with snowballs. After our valiant battle, we gathered up all the snow we could find (including snow from the neighbors’ yard). We made our very first snowman: a perfect replica of Star Wars’ Jabba the Hut.
Searching for Christmas Cheer
Today, I live in sunny California. And here, also, it never snows. Instead, people resort to artificial means for adding some Christmas cheer. Walking in my neighborhood this morning, I couldn’t help but snicker as I surveyed the carnage. Countless of deflated Santas, snowmen and reindeer littered the plush green lawns of this otherwise peaceful neighborhood. All puffed up with hot air yesterday. Today, their substance escapes them. In their wake is nothing but withered vinyl puddles.
After witnessing this tragedy year after year, I notice there is always one Christmas scene that survives. It is the sturdy plastic manger scene filled with a greater substance: light. It never falls, it never fades, and it never shrinks back, no matter how many times people try to poke holes in it.
A Message from Above
On the night Jesus was born, the sky lit up with a chorus of angels pronouncing the Messiah’s birth. And to whom did these angels bring this glorious message? The religious people? The powerful people? The popular people? No. They visited a group of smelly sheep herders working the night shift, regular “Joes,” representing the everyday people in the world God so desperately loves.
The Light of Heaven entered our world to bring us a gift: Himself. God initiated Christmas to be more than snowmen and childhood dreams; it’s the reality of a heavenly Father’s passionate pursuit to rescue His beloved children. God is not looking for religious people, or impressed with power or fame; He’s looking for His lost children.Christmas is the reality of a heavenly Father’s passionate pursuit to rescue His beloved children. Click To Tweet
Don’t let the world’s “hot air” deceive you into thinking there is no God, or that we don’t need rescuing, or there is no Savior; instead, may God’s love draw you into the Light, scoop you in His arms, and whisper in your ear the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus, “God with us.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” which means, God with us. (Matthew 1:22-23 ESV; see also Isaiah 7:14)
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