George Ellis The Pastor’s Corner
December 19, 2013
As we celebrate the Christmas season we are mindful of a solemn fact — that this is as close to heaven that the earth will experience.
This is a foretaste of what heaven will be like in as far as the natural is concerned. This time of the year brings out the best in people. People are kind and generous at this time of the year; they will bend over backward just to be a blessing to somebody. People are smiling as they greet one another with a hearty Merry Christmas. Barriers that divide us are torn down as people express their love in a tangible way.
Christmas is a piece of heaven on earth. Christmas trees, Christmas carols, Christmas presents, Christmas candy, Christmas lights, Christmas food and family all usher in the spirit of the holiday season. It’s a time for celebration. But the one thing that defines it the most is the Nativity scenes; those scenes of Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus and the animals in the stable — for this is the heart and soul of Christmas.
It reminds us of what Christmas is really all about. According to St. Luke 2:8-20 It was a “Silent Night, a holy night; all was calm and all was bright …. O holy night, the stars was brightly shining; it was the night of the dear savior’s birth.” That night “It came upon the midnight clear” when angels appeared to shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night. “Hark, the herald angels did sing; glory to the newborn king.” They found him in Bethlehem “away in a manger with no crib for a bed; our little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.”
The stars in the sky looked down when he lay; the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.” “Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her king.” Everything has an origin. For every watch there is a watch maker.
If Jesus Christ had not been born, there would be no Christmas at all. Most of us like to be recognized on our birthday. And it would make us feel terrible on our birthday if our loved ones celebrated everybody else but us. Since Christmas commemorates the birth of Christ then we should celebrate him.
Christmas is Christ, and Christ is Christmas. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.