I hope so. It should true.
Not because we get a lot of presents that need to be replaced next year (cloths: to small; technology: one year old, three years outdated. funny how that works; everything else, fallen apart). Not because the Jolly Old Elf is coming: somehow, that is not very alluring. He too old and has fallen off on the jolly.
And. It. Has. Nothing. to do with the grand allusion that just because it is hideously freezing that makes it wonderful time. No.
It is simply this: it should be the most wonderful time because it’s the end of the year. And by God’s grace, it should be that much more wonderful because of where He has taken us. He doesn’t love us any more or less than last year: but we can love Him -we should love Him- that much more.
It should be the most wonderful time, because the immortal words of Charles Wesley are still true.
Christ by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the New-born King.
I really love that song. And it lasts all year; Winter Wonderland may be nice to sing for fun, but it can’t be true all year. What’s true is that
The Godhead and man are still united in the person of Jesus Christ. He still owns the possession that was His by right and is now His by purchase. That at all times, while we worship Him that He ascended on High and sits at God’s right hand; while we adore that He rose; we celebrate that He died; and we make much of His living here on Earth, we still worship and stand in awe also of this preliminary thing: He came. Blessed be His name.
Angels still sing “Glory in the Highest.” God still gives peace on Earth to those that He knows and are His. And the hands that the world would have called helpless still hold out good will towards men. And towards those the world still sees as “Helpless.”
Let everything that Christ is and has done be held aloft this season. In this time, when people are willing to kill another human just to get into Wal-Mart on a big sales day, how glorious would it be if people could see us making much of Christ on our December 25ths. And our Black Fridays. And our New Years Eve. And even in the mundane, doing school, eating, brushing our teeth… We can live in the reality that the One who had wielded His power from the Cross and the manger “Came not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” We’ve got a chance to show the world, when peace on earth and materialism are forced bedfellows, that
These Earthly treasures hold no lustre,
For what riches can we pine?
Given keys to heaven’s storehouse,
If Christ is all, then all is mine.
God bless you. Everyone.