In December, as Christmas day draws nearer, there is an anticipation.
Is our family simply looking forward to the gifts, the special holiday treats, sights of Christmas lights strung from the housetops and on trees, a time off from regular school work, enjoyable activities and crafts as a family, a chance to be with family and friends?
Those are all good things. And so, from the outside one might say, ‘Yes. They are just making memories!’ We do pray that these young minds and hearts are developing precious memories to carry with them as they age, but also SO MUCH MORE. We desire for there to be depth to our childrens’ memories – looking past the actual crafts with the shimmering glitter and splattered paint, through the yummy Christmas treat experiments, around the daily countdown, over the gifts that begin to appear beneath the tree ….. and straight to the cross.
For, in the midst of all the activity, we try to focus on the ‘why’ of the season.
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Why is there so much fuss over the coming of one certain day each year?
Because in the midst of a dark world, God chose to send His Son to bring us Light
– to BE the Light.
While we were darkened and trapped by our rebellion and sins,
God sent His One and Only Son into the world to redeem us
– to save us from our sins.
No, the Bible doesn’t tell us that Jesus was born on December 25. But, we take this time to reflect on the humble birth of our heavenly King, the LIGHT of the world. He is the GIFT, the PROMISE that everyone in the Jewish world was anticipating, and the HOPE that our hearts and souls desperately need.
The Light for a dark world…
1 John 1:9
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.