Daily we are reminded that the Christmas season is upon us by advertisements we receive in our inboxes and mailboxes. ‘Tis the season to decorate Christmas trees with delicate ornaments, hang wondrous wreaths with red and green ribbons, don hats and scarves, sing festive Christmas songs, and anticipate Santa Claus and his reindeer. The true meaning of Christmas is all but lost.
It is not unlike that first night when Christ was born. People were caught up in the census decreed by Caesar Augustus—every man, woman, and child travelling back to their hometown to be counted. Innkeepers and restaurateurs reveled in it. They were busy. Too busy!
Most missed the marvelous birth of the magnificent little baby. But not all. Some were sensitive to the miracle that was taking place. Shepherds stopped and observed an event that changed the course of history. They listened to the angels rejoicing. They hurried to see the Messiah was born. They recognized a Savior, Christ the Lord.
As we enter the Christmas season, let us not forget the significance of this occasion. Let us be sensitive to the miracle that took place over 2,000 years ago. Let us take time to stand in amazement at the gift that was given—a baby who was born to die, “How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” and is soon coming again to claim His own.
Have a wonderful, relaxing, refreshing break from school.