Originally Published: December 16, 2016 6 a.m.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, increasingly forgotten is the foundational reason for the celebration of Christmas: that God came in the form of man, to pay the penalty for our trespasses, so that we might be reconciled to Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16). The brightest stars and the shiniest of lights are merely a type of the light that came into our dark world two millennia ago.
While this venerated occasion is most often expressed in effusive displays of the physical and material, its true meaning relates not to the outward or external, but to that which is in the heart. “Look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are unseen are eternal,” (2 Cor.4:18). The hearts of those who have received God’s Son have gifts far exceeding any on earth- life, joy, peace and hope. Upon the birth of the baby Jesus, a host of angels exclaimed to shepherds in Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased,” (Luke 2:14). This year may we be most pleasing to Him who has loved us more than we deserve! Merry Christmas to all!