It was a time of political unrest and oppression, economic woes, crowds, long trips, the unexpected, joyful anticipation, longing for something better, stressful circumstances, even a needless massacre of young innocent children by an angry, power-hungry man…the world back then wasn’t that much different than what we are experiencing today.
Into that world was born a baby, in very humble circumstances, to a very ordinary Jewish couple. He would be recognized, worshipped, and brought gifts by a handful of people who acknowledged him as Savior, but for the most part, people went on living their lives as usual, trying to make the best of their situation.
He would grow up to experience hunger, thirst, hard work, grief, sorrow, suspicion, loneliness, rejection, poverty, racial prejudice, disappointment…he certainly didn’t have an easy life for someone who was destined to be a King; in fact, his life ended in a painful execution, the result of false accusations.
Nevertheless, the birth, life and death of this God-man would change the world forever. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, taught the truths that set people free from their emotional bondage, reconciled people to God, and gave us real hope, both for our life on this earth as well as in heaven. In the midst of the turmoil in the world and perhaps the turmoil in our own hearts, he came to bring peace.
To all who invite Jesus, the Prince of Peace, into their lives; to those who acknowledge that he is the Savior, the Messiah, the one sent by God to save us; he gives eternal life, the peace that passes understanding, unconditional love, and his unfailing presence with us. This was the original Christmas gift, given by our Creator to us. He gave us His Son that Christmas day so we could experience his love, joy, peace, and life in a dark and corrupted world. And one day soon he will return to this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and put an end to evil and suffering on earth. Those who have received him will live with him forever, where there will be no more crying, sickness, suffering or death. Jesus is God’s Christmas gift to us: will you receive and welcome him into your life? Or will you, like the innkeeper, declare that there’s no room for him here; no place for him to be born in my heart? The choice is ours. May the Christ of Christmas dwell in your hearts today and every day. ©2012 Laura Hum
A Christmas message, dedicated to all who were affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.