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 Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
~~ Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
This season is filled with activity, hustle, bustle, last minute shopping, cooking, package wrapping and stress. For many people it is not a season of good news, but one of disappointment and feelings of inadequacy.
We seem to have lost sight of the reason for the season.
So why do we celebrate? Is this just an occasion for a day off work? An excuse to party? A competition to see who can spend the most on gifts of dubious value?
Someone needs to save us from ourselves.
Someone has come to save us – from ourselves and from every other ill in this world.
A Savior – Christ the Lord.
Savior: one that saves from danger or destruction – one who brings salvation
Lord: one having power and authority over others
This Sunday, we are pointed to a babe in a stable. This babe had and still has the power and authority to save us from ourselves and all that would seek to destroy us.
If we recognize His Lordship over our lives – the security net He provides us, we need also to recognize His Lordship over our thoughts and actions. He has done all the heavy lifting.
Our job is simply to hear Him and to obey Him. All that follows our obedience is in His hands, not ours.
Today, give yourself a gift – a gift of time to ponder what this Christmas day means – both universally and personally. Take time to kneel at the stable and see the cross on the horizon.
We thank You for Your provision for our lives and our eternity. Give us the grace to recognize our dependence on Your favor. Help us to find time to cultivate a real relationship with You.
In Jesus’ most precious name.