No amount of Christmas singing can really fix any of our deepest hurts.
No amount of spending on gifts can truly repair broken relationships.
Not even the perfectly cooked ham will solve any of our world’s wounds.
The question I posed yesterday was, how can anyone, let alone followers of Jesus, celebrate at this time of year, when such painful things lay beneath the surface of the “cheer”?
How can we have peace on earth? How can we have joy in our homes? How can we have peace in our own hearts? How can we have ANY of that…
–Without TRUE justice of wrongs and evil.
–Without REAL restoration of what’s been broken.
–Without HONEST restitution of what’s been taken.
Is there hope?
Without the reality of God come down in the person of Jesus…no, there’s not…but Christmas!
18Who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not hold on to His anger forever, because He delights in faithful love.
19He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20You will show loyalty to Jacob and faithful love to Abraham, as You swore to our fathers from days long ago.
God has been forecasting for ages His plan to utterly conquer, to vanquish our deepest problem, sin. This plan came to light through Jesus and can give *anyone* true and lasting hope, both at Christmas and into eternity.
Listen to the angels words to Joseph…
21She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” 22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”
Disciples Church family, I’m praying each of us turn to Jesus, our true hope, “God with us”. That isn’t just a Christmas wish…it’s a brilliant and joy-giving reality in the darkest of times and even “ordinary” Mondays.
If you missed our time together yesterday, you can watch it here: