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Longing for the Christ of Christmas

December 1, 2019

 

As we venture into this Christmas Season we are no doubt aware of the brokenness of the world that surrounds us. We see the bitterness and hostility that exists between neighbors, communities and the nation. We see broken relationships and unforgiving hearts. The phrase comes to mind, “As goes the family, so goes a nation.”  The people of Israel were in a situation longing for hope.  This can be seen in Luke 2:25-32.

 

“And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32  A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel."

 

Simeon was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. The signs were pointing to the arrival, the times were pointing to the arrival, and his heart and many others were ready.   Maybe such a time of darkness, uncertainty and brokenness is what is needed to cause people to long for Christ.

 

Some get extravagant with decorating and spending.  There seems to be more of a desire for Christmas than for the Christ of Christmas. It is definitely time for God’s people to reawaken their longing for Christ.  We can decorate and have fanfare, but if we are not taking the opportunity to point others to Christ we are missing the purpose of why Christ came.  He is the Creator and Savior of the world.  He is also the Judge who is coming back.  We must not forget that, nor shrink away from that part of the Christmas message.

 

Don’t forget the words of a familiar Christmas Carol, “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and the wonders of His love…”

His love calls people from darkness to light, from evil to righteousness, from death to life.  That is the message of Christmas, and that is the message of Christ.  Are you longing for the Christ of Christmas?

 

Merry Christmas,

Longing for the Christ of Christmas

 

As we venture into this Christmas Season we are no doubt aware of the brokenness of the world that surrounds us. We see the bitterness and hostility that exists between neighbors, communities and the nation. We see broken relationships and unforgiving hearts. The phrase comes to mind, “As goes the family, so goes a nation.”  The people of Israel were in a situation longing for hope.  This can be seen in Luke 2:25-32.

 

“And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32  A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel."

 

Simeon was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. The signs were pointing to the arrival, the times were pointing to the arrival, and his heart and many others were ready.   Maybe such a time of darkness, uncertainty and brokenness is what is needed to cause people to long for Christ.

 

Some get extravagant with decorating and spending.  There seems to be more of a desire for Christmas than for the Christ of Christmas. It is definitely time for God’s people to reawaken their longing for Christ.  We can decorate and have fanfare, but if we are not taking the opportunity to point others to Christ we are missing the purpose of why Christ came.  He is the Creator and Savior of the world.  He is also the Judge who is coming back.  We must not forget that, nor shrink away from that part of the Christmas message.

 

Don’t forget the words of a familiar Christmas Carol, “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and the wonders of His love…”

His love calls people from darkness to light, from evil to righteousness, from death to life.  That is the message of Christmas, and that is the message of Christ.  Are you longing for the Christ of Christmas?

 

Merry Christmas,

 

Brother Joey

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