The Fulfillment of a Promise Made

December 22, 2011

in Pastor's Corner

Here we are once again with Christmas only a few days away. For some this season is time the time to “do the right thing.” There are bell ringers and cane givers and people pleading for us to “get into the holiday spirit” appealing to our sense of guilt over those who are “less fortunate” then we are. The usual goal is to get into our pockets to remove whatever thing of value we might have in there.
Others look at this season thinking that the holidays are best expressed musically. Choirs, quartets, quintets, chorales and the like singing with their whole hearts about winter and snow and reindeer and sleighs. It is, after all, the season of the Winter solstice. This is in fact what our pagan forefathers celebrated around this time of year.
Some even seem to think that the whole season and celebration has to do with a weight challenged man in a red suit bringing gifts to people who live up to his personal standards of righteousness.
With celebrations taking place all around us, for all kinds of reasons, it is easy for us to forget the reason why we celebrate together in the first place. That reason for celebration far outweighs all others. The reason is this; God, who is King of kings and Lord of lords, sent His Son into the world to rescue us from the terrible burden of the fall and from the weight of our own reckless rebellion. Christmas is about the fulfillment of a promise made. Christmas is about the coming of Messiah. Christmas is about a debt being paid for us that we could never pay ourselves.
As you celebrate this year, whether near or far please remember the real reason we come together in familiar surroundings. God the Father has responded to our deepest need to be reconciled to Him. He has taken the first step in renewing your fellowship with Him and He wants to speak to you about celebrating the best thing ever. Here it is;
“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11b