After Christmas…

After Christmas…

Featured in the December, 2009 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

The beautifully lit tree that dominated the living room now lies in the gutter by the curb.

The candles have burned down. The decorations are stored. Gifts have been exchanged and returned. The cookies and candies have turned into pounds around the waist. The seasonal songs have faded.

The trimmings are gone, but not Jesus. The cradle has been exchanged for the cross.

Instead of angel songs, there are the shouts of the soldiers. Instead of Wise Men’s gifts, the guards gamble for His clothes. Instead of worship, there are jeers.

But did not the angel tell Joseph, “You are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21)? And did not the angel announce to the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Christmas is heaven touching earth, that earth might be brought to heaven. The lights, dramas, songs, trees, wreaths are all trimmings. The core of Christmas is Christ. All babies are born to live, but this baby was born to die. Jesus said that He came “to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

After Christmas is a good time because with all the clutter out of the way we can focus on the reason for Christ’s coming.

The synthetic Christmas can leave you exhausted, indebted and even bitter. The real Christmas focuses on Jesus, who is the only Savior and your only hope of heaven. Put your trust completely in Him and receive the priceless gift of life everlasting.