It was an interesting Christmas season; our church was on pause for a couple of weeks. I am very much looking forward to being able to gather together again this week, the tenth. I personally was in isolation during Christmas, it was a different Christmas. My family and I along with many others were forced to change the traditional gatherings or postpone them.
Yet, the real reason for Christmas remains the same, it’s about Jesus and whether we worship and celebrate Him alone or with others, it’s all about Him.
In Luke, chapter 2, we find the shepherds in the fields watching over their flocks. An angel appears to them proclaiming the good news about the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. The angel then said to them, “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”. So the shepherds hurried off and found Jesus just as they had been told. I’m sure they then took every opportunity to share with others what they had experienced and seen.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Noel”. A song performed by Laura Daigle. In this song is the line “Come and see what God has done.” It’s the essence of the invitation to the shepherds to see for themselves what God was doing. Right after Christmas I ran across that phrase again in reading Psalm 66, David says, (verse 5), “Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind !”
Not only Christmas season has been different but almost the entire last year has been but God is in control. I believe that “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” So if God has been working through this entire covid – pandemic time in history what will be our response when it is all over? Will we print up T-shirts that say we survived the pandemic of 2020, or will we be able to say as David did, “Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind !”
The shepherds could not have shared their story had they not looked for themselves. Are we looking to see what God is doing?
In conclusion, I’d like to share one other thought something I read during the holidays. Jesus didn’t come to earth to occupy a manger. He didn’t come to occupy the cross or even the tomb. Jesus came so that through the power of the Holy Spirit which He sent, He could occupy our hearts.
I’d like to add, Jesus came to “Seek and to save that which was lost.” I’m glad He did.
Blessings, Craig S.