Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 25th, 2018
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:11-12 (NKJV)
Born This Day
What a wonderful yet unexpected arrival of the Saviour. A Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger was not what people might have planned for the Messiah. But, everything was being done God’s way. This was a sign to us that our Saviour comes to us. We must simply believe and come to Him!
The first Christmas tree in North America appeared on Christmas Eve 1781, in Sorel, Québec, when the baroness Riedesel hosted a party of British and German officers. She served an English pudding, but the sensation of the evening was a balsam fir cut for the occasion and placed in the corner of the dining room, its branches decorated with fruits and lit with white candles. The baroness was determined to mark her family’s return to Canada after a trying ordeal, with a traditional German celebration.
Christmas has become such an integral part of the annual rhythm of life for Canadians. The challenge for Christians is that much of the Christmas celebrations are not focused on the person of Jesus Christ, without whom there would be no Christmas. Today, on Christmas Day, Christians around the world will focus on the arrival of Immanuel, God with us. When Jesus was born, everything changed. The original story tell us this, in Luke 2:11-12: ““For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” When Jesus was born in the Bethlehem stable, the long awaited Saviour had arrived. His birth fulfilled dozens of prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, but many who should have recognized Him, did not. It shouldn’t surprise us that in our day, many still do not understand that Christmas is about Jesus. But those of us who do understand are called to celebrate, and welcome Jesus into this world and into our lives. How will you do that today?
These have been words from the heart.