Only one day until Christmas Eve Day!
The tree is up, the shopping is mostly done and wrapped
and under the tree (or in the mail),
the cards and letters are mailed,
the house smells of baking,
the candles are burning,
the Christmas music is playing … oh how many things
we do to make ourselves and our loved ones
comfortable and happy and fed.
All good things, but they have little to do with the first Christmas.
Today is Christmas Sunday, the day when more people go to church
than any other Sunday, except for Easter.
People who don’t think much about God any other day of the year
go to church on Christmas Sunday.
It’s a wonderful time to present Christ to the lost.
That is what Christmas is all about.
Christ coming into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am chief (to quote the Apostle Paul).
Amidst the celebrations and presents and food and decorations,
let’s remember the real meaning of Christmas.
And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.