What’s the Good News?
What a tender time Christmas is! Everyone adores the Baby in the manger. Families gather together to sing “Away in the Manger” and wish each other peace on earth. Too often, however, after the season has passed, many go back to empty lives. They rush from one task to another, from one activity to another. They try to do good things, and, when doubts nag at them, they comfort themselves by arguing that they are “good people,” after all. As Christians, all of us must know someone who measures himself by the yardstick of good deeds. When we hear that sentiment expressed, we cannot stand silent. We must proclaim the real message of Christmas. Yes, the Baby was born in a manger, but He didn’t remain a helpless creature. Yes, we should adore the newborn Christ Child, but we should also worship Him as our Redeemer, the One Who did for us what our good deeds could not. “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of human flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteousness requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us…” (Romans 8:3-4). The helpless Baby grew up, suffered in our places, took the sin of the whole world in His body on the Cross, and brought us salvation. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
This is the freeing message of Christmas. Without Christ, there is no peace on earth. Without Christ, there is no goodness in us. Without Christ, there is no purpose in life. Without Christ, there is no life.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for giving us Jesus. Help me to place my trust in Him. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!