Psalm 111:9 – He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant for ever — holy and awesome is his name. (NIV)
"Suppose that Christ had not been born." I rattled off the words of the Christmas poem as fast as any nine-year-old child could say them. I expect I believed that if I said them quickly enough, I wouldn't forget them on the night of the concert.
"Elaine, slow down," my mother admonished. "Think about what you are actually saying." Until she had stopped me, I'd been standing on the landing, pretending that I was on a stage saying my recitation for our Sunday School Christmas Concert. At nine, saying the words slowly and thinking about their meaning hadn't been on my list of priorities. Although I was very young and only partially grasped the meaning of those words, I remember the sense of awe that swept over me when I thought of living my life not knowing about God.
This Christmas season, as I prepare for the Christmas concert at our church, I'm reminded of the people who don't know about the Christ of Christmas. To some, He hasn't been born, while others think of Him only as a pretty baby in a manger. Sadly, many around us this Christmas are unaware of God's plan for their redemption. This season, let's not rattle through the carols and Scriptures as fast as we can. Instead let's stop and reflect on the good news of God's special gift to us. This Christmas, we don't need to suppose any longer, for not only was Christ born, but He also left the manger and died on the cross for the sins of the world, and, in so doing, He fulfilled God's plan for our redemption.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You that we don't have to suppose what our world would be like if You had not given us the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to share Your gift with others. Amen.