December 24, 2019
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: a 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 a very meaningful and merry Christmas, in addition to a happy new year. I will enjoy time with family and the festivities very much. I will overflow with gratitude for you because God has called Capitol Commission Georgia to a unique mission field for the purpose of proclaiming the grace and wisdom of God's Word: the Living Word (Jesus Christ) and the Written Word (the Holy Bible). Your partnership and prayers encourage me in seeking to impact a vital global mission field. I will pray that America and our Capitol communities will be blessed with salvation and knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:1-4), to know "Immanuel -- God with us," and pray 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!
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.