Wednesday, December 24, 2014
What If There Were No Christmas?
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told the. ~Luke 2:16-20.
It was the night before Christmas. Mary and Joseph were anticipating the birth of Jesus. Waiting for the moment the Savior would come into the world. Waiting to hold Him and cuddle with Him. It was the night before Christmas and they were away from their house. The only creature that may have not been stirring was the donkey Mary was riding on. The wait was tremendous. It was almost time. The labor pains may have started as they were travelling. They might have wondered where Jesus would be born and hoping it would be comfortable for Mary and Him. It was the night before Christmas.
But what if? What if there were no Christmas? No promise from long ago? No hope or chance of redemption from a Child Who would grow up, die for our sins and rise again to live forever? What if there were no Christmas? What if God just said in the garden, after the Fall, "Just forget it! You two have ruined everything and now you be damned!"? What if no miracles? What if no healing? No comfort? No joy? What if there were no promise of peace on earth, good will toward men? What if Mary wasn't pregnant with a Savior, and gave birth to Him?
I could not imagine a life without God's promise of a Baby. God's promise of redemption. Without God we are nothing. Like Solomon wrote, everything would be meaningless. No rhyme nor reason, no right or wrong. It would be all up to us, who have sinned from the very beginning, to correct the world, and that is scary to think. The promise through out the Old Testament was that Jesus was coming, and He came as a Child. It seemed to be an unusual thing, but how else could He have come? He lowered Himself humbly, to be as one of us, so we could relate to Him. Thank God He came. The implications would have been devastating if He didn't come. Imagine the world now, and how bad it is with His coming. Now imagine it without a Savior. Scary? Yes.
For unto us a Son is given!
Merry Christmas Eve!