“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Years ago, there was a wealthy European family that decided to have their newborn baby dedicated at their enormous mansion. Dozens of guests came to the elaborate affair and they all arrived dressed elegantly. After depositing their coats on a bed in an upstairs room, the guests were entertained royally and then sat down to a festive meal. Eventually, the time came for the main purpose of their gathering: the infant’s ceremony.
But where was the baby? No one seemed to know! The child’s nanny ran upstairs and returned with a look of desperation on her face. Everyone frantically searched throughout the house for the child. Then someone recalled having seen the little boy asleep on one of the beds.
The baby was on a bed all right – buried beneath a pile of coats, jackets and furs. The object of the day’s celebration had been forgotten, neglected, and nearly smothered.
Sadly, this is what happened in many homes throughout our community. Many people gathered to celebrate Christmas but they forgot all about the baby, whose birthday it is. For a lot of people in our society, the baby Jesus gets buried beneath a pile of worldly traditions and cultural observances of the season.
But that’s not the case for you or me. We knew the true reason for the season was to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to be our Savior. We didn’t forget Him and we won’t forget Him as we start a New Year. That’s because you know the angel’s message of this baby’s birth isn’t just for Christmas. The good news that Jesus died to forgive our sins and reconcile us to God is worth celebrating every day that we live. Happy New Year and remember that the babe born in Bethlehem now reigns in heaven as your Savior every single day of the year!
In Christ’s Love, Pastor Steve