by Phil McNeish
Christmas is the day when it all began...again. On Christmas, God’s love for you and me began to be manifested in a way never before imagined. How could it be that God loved us so deeply that he would send his own son to the earth to redeem us? What father could give up his son—even for a short time--so that others could live eternally? It is unthinkable. And yet He did it. The ancient prophet Isaiah recorded the words that God himself put so well: “As the heavens are higher than the earth so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God has done what no human could ever do—He sacrificed His son for the good of us all.
And so, every year on Christmas Day we commemorate the birth of Christ as a baby boy-a man cub. An infant who was fully human yet still divine. Is it any wonder the angels were moved to praise God in song as the unfolding of His divine plan to save mankind began on Christmas Day? They knew this was no ordinary birth. Thousands of babies were no doubt born that day. Those babies would grow up to adulthood and raise families of their own. But this one child—the Messiah, Emmanuel—would grow into adulthood and change the world forever.
Christmas is a time to reflect on our own life’s journey. Does our life show that we have heartfelt appreciation for the gift God gave us on Christmas Day? Is the kingdom of God important to us? As Christ’s ambassadors, do we reflect the face of God in all we do? Are our interactions with other humans laced with unselfish love? When people think of us, do they think first that we are Christian?
Merry Christmas my friends in faith. May God bless you this Christmas season.