December 23, 2014
THE GEORGIA CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL - 23 December 2014
Long before December 25th everyone is worn out—physically worn out by weeks of daily struggle in overcrowded shops, mentally worn out by the effort to remember all the right recipients and to think out suitable gifts for them. They are in no trim for merrymaking; much less (if they should want to) to take part in a religious act.
The quote above is taken from an essay written by C. S. Lewis (The Joyful Christian [New York: Collier Books, 1977] 204). With all the business of this time of year, Lewis reminds us not to let our plans and schedules become so difficult that we do not stop and focus upon the true meaning of Christmas.
We need to remember that this time of year is a celebration of the most important anniversary in world history: for it is a celebration of the birthday of Jesus. What is amazing with regard to that day is that Jesus had the birthday yet we can receive the gift. The greatest gift to humanity was born on the day of the Lord’s birth. God loved the world so much that He gave humanity the greatest gift: Savior, who is Jesus!
But an angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
Someone stated as follows [D. H. Shearer, Neighbors and Ne’er-Do-Wells (Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2013) 161]:
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer;
but our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.
I wish you all a very meaningful and merry Christmas. I will enjoy time with family and the festivities very much. I will also pray that America and our Capitol communities will be blessed with salvation and knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:1-4), in addition to praying that our nation and leaders will have the boldness and courage to use our freedom everywhere to proclaim the reason for the season: A Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year,