It is the day before Christmas and I am sitting in the living room of my wife’s grandmother’s home enjoying a fresh cup of coffee and listening to Christmas music come forth from the piano. I love Christmas. I love getting together with the people that I love and enjoy the most and sharing a meal with them and giving them gifts that they enjoy. Beside me is a huge tree, decorated most beautifully; under the tree is full of gifts wrapped up nicely. I love Christmas.
As we open the many gifts, enjoy the beautiful decorations, eat to our heart’s content and spend time with those we love, let’s remember the true gift of Christmas:
Who is not found under the tree but nailed to it.
Who is not found wrapped up in pretty packaging but rather stripped naked and crucified.
Who is not opened up on Christmas day but rather on Easter morning.
Beloved, let our hearts be content and filled with joy and thanksgiving. For Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior of the World, has lived, died and risen so that hopeless sinners could find hopeful rest, everlasting refuge and deep intimacy with the Triune God. Let us ponder and remember the deep riches of grace that are found in Christ this Christmas.
With much love from the South and for the fame of Christ’s name,