[I first posted this a year ago…]
Anyone who knows me very well, knows it’s quite difficult for me to let go of the Christmas season. I love the joy prevalent throughout December, the carols on the radio, lights on the trees, and even the meager focus the media and society gives to the Birth of our Lord Jesus.
But, like the renewed Ebenezer Scrooge, the gift of God’s Son should be carried in our hearts every single day. We must enjoy His birth, His life, His death, and resurrection each moment–and the more we see ourselves, the more we recognize our need and our thankfulness for Him. Spurgeon puts it like this:
“To a renewed soul, every day should be the birthday of the Saviour. Amid all that is humilitation, there is much that is honourable in the circumstances of the birth of our Immanuel. Whose birth was ever ushered in by a long train of prophecy or longed for by such a multitude of hearts? Who but He can boast of a forerunner who marked Him as the coming Man? When did angels indulge in midnight songs or did God ever hang a new star in the sky before? To whose cradle did rich and poor make so willing a pilgrimage and offer such hearty, unsought acts of worship? Well may earth rejoice, well may all men cease their labours to celebrate the great birthday of Jesus.
Immanuel, “God with us”, in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather, we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent of splendor!”
Amen! Let Christ reign in your heart everyday!!
Merry Christmas to ALL!