In our church we often sing a chorus that goes like this:
This is the day. This is the day.
That the Lord has made. That the Lord has made.
I will rejoice. I will rejoice.
And be glad in it. And be glad in it
This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day. This is the day.
That the Lord has made
It’s a joyful song of celebration and thanking God for one more day that He has given us to live in this beautiful world. We sing it with gladness and excitement for His precious gift of another day.
How much more should we sing such a song on this Christmas Day! For it was on this day, so many years ago, that God said enough to sin. he said enough to our shame. he said enough to our guilt. He said enough to our disobedience. He said enough to our sickness and disease. He said enough to our sorrow and hurt. He said enough to our misery and hopelessness. He said enough is enough.
The last time God said enough he sent a flood tom destroy all mankind except a few chosen ones. That flood covered the whole earth, wiping away the sinfulness of mankind and starting new again. God sent judgment to a sinful world. That flood was 4,000 years ago.
But this time was different. This time God sent love. This time God sent forgiveness. This time God sent His Son, His only Son, as a baby in a manger. This time the whole world, all of mankind, would have a chance to be saved. That baby on a manger did not come to be cute, or to be a carpenter for the rest of His life. He came to die. He came to atone for our sins. He came to suffer for our disobedience. He came as a sacrifice on the altar of God. He came to reconcile you to God.
This Christmas, remember why we give presents and love at this time of year. We do this because God gave on this day, 2,000 years ago. He gave us life!
Shout it from the rooftops
Declare the joyous news
Christ is born this day
Christ is come this day
Let the mountains ring
Let the trees proclaim
Lift your voice in praise
Lift your hands in praise
Jesus Christ has come
A baby in the hay
Come to save the world
Come to save us from our sin
Rejoice with ardent praise
Lift up your voice
Tell the world He’s come
Tell the world He saves
My oldest daughter had a troubled life in her late teens and early twenties. She dropped out of high school in her Junior year and ran wild for several years. Kind of like her dad a=had done minus the dropping out. We were at our wits end on what to do with her, so we just decided to love her and pray for her., It was all we could do.
One afternoon I was lounging out on our deck and she came to visit. She looked scared and tired. She walked up to me and told me she was pregnant, not married. She said she would keep the child as she was dead set against abortion. I rose to my feet, hugged her and told her we were here for her, whatever she needed.
That baby changed her whole life. She eventually got her GED, college diploma and now has 2 masters degrees in accounting. She has a wonderful job and that little baby is now going on 17, She will graduate early from high school and has her eyes set on college. She is quite amazing., Last year, that young girl cut off all her hair to donate it to charity, something a teenage girls just does not do. We are so proud of her and her Mom.
Two thousand years ago, a baby came into the world that changed everything. His life, death and resurrection is one of the most recorded facts in all of history. He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, yet he came as a babe in a manger. The world would never be the same.
Mary knew a lot about the child she was carrying. I am sure it was very difficult to keep it all inside while she was pregnant. The angel told her it would be God’s child, conceived by the Holy Ghost. She was told He would be great, a king over the house of David forever. She was told He would be the Son of God. She knew the child she was carrying was someone very special. Even when the shepherds came, she held h=these things in her heart.
But she had no idea the impact of His life. She had no idea He would heal the sick, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear. She had no idea he would walk on water, calm the sea, raise the dead or heal the leper. She had no idea he would confound the wise, perplex the scholars and lash out at the religious leaders. She had no idea He would be condemned to death, crucified and raise again from the dead. She had no idea he would save all mankind from their sin.
The quiet town had been overrun by traveler’s because of the census that the governor had called for. Bethlehem had a population of around 300 in that day, but it more than tripled because of the census. Many came and stayed with family that still lived there. Many others had to find shelter in the inn, there being only one in town. If you did not get there early, you found yourself without a room.
Mary and Joseph had been traveling for days. Mary was 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver, but according to census rules she had to accompany her husband. They arrived much later than anyone else and the inn was full. The innkeeper saw that Mary was pregnant and did not want to turn her away, but had no choice. Out of compassion he told her she could stay in the stable where there was some warmth from the animals. during the night her child was born. he was no ordinary child, and the next morning marked an event the world would never forget.
What a night it was for those shepherds in the field. Personally, I love the sound of a choir. We went to the High School choral concert Monday night, and it was wonderful. They sang a lot of Christmas songs in various renditions. There was even some audience singing of Christmas carols. I’;m glad our school has not bowed to the politically correct crowd that says no Christmas at Christmas. I love singing those timeless hymns.
But that night must have been the most spectacular choral concert ever heard in earth. First, a solo performance with an Angel shining bright in the spotlight. The Angel appeared out of nowhere and frightened them at first. But then he cried out “Fer not! For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,m which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger”. Then the sky lit up so bright they needed sunglasses in the middle of the night (Unfortunately, sunglasses were not available). A whole host of angels appeared, shining like the sun. The angle choir sang out “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace and good will to man”. What a chorus! What a night!