Once again we’re soon coming on December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ – yes Christmas. The Bible account of his arrival is deeply cherished by Christians. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph traveled and reached Bethlehem where the Lord was born in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Wise men were guided to look upon the newborn Saviour. They lovingly and generously came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Repeated readings and sermons about the birth of Christ haven’t dampened the beauty of that rich event shared so splendidly in the Bible.
Some church bodies have a custom of early morning Christmas services. Attending helps parishioners to be reminded of lifestyle priorities. Love and service to Christ transcend our material holiday activities. Yes, the hope of glory stands way beyond all the rest. Colossians 1:27 – KJV, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
The Bible content shares about the growth of Jesus. We delightfully read of his love, healings, and miracles applied with tender loving care. His crucifixion was heart wrenching. Awareness of his resurrection stirs elation within us. The gospel books are full of the treasured accounts of Jesus and his wise and timeless words and actions. His fellowship with his disciples inspires us as we read of how he guided, warned and comforted them. The ways that Jesus engaged with all sorts of people is precious to know. What we read and learn about the character of Christ certainly gives us bountiful hope filled with admiration for such a noble and outstanding representation. Indeed, Lord of lords and King of kings.
It’s wonderful to have the knowledge, comfort, and awareness that the marvelous Lord is present beyond Bible content and currently here to manifest love, power, strength, wisdom and much that’s way beyond our comprehension. I’m so grateful that Christ has meaning that extends much deeper than what we engage in, materially, on December 25th.
Merry Christmas, all.