As the season of holidays are upon us, more quickly with each passing year it seems, I thought I might send my greeting to all of you sooner rather than later this year. I know that many of us were absolutely overwhelmed with the elections this year and that whether it went the way you had hoped it would or not; most of us were just so very tired of not having any positive real hope for the near future. It was as if a curtain of negativity had been pulled across our daily life. Where were we to turn for some kind of hope that was real and not political?
For about four hundred years prior to the birth of Christ, God’s prophets were silent and even as the Maccabees family stood strong against those who sought to annihilate the Jews, they longed to hear from God. They believed strongly in the coming Messiah and they longed for the time that He would come. God’s Word says that “But in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman… ” (Galatians 4:4)
The Messiah came to give the real, the true, the perfect hope for mankind. Without Him, there is no hope. Life will end in physical death and without Christ, will come spiritual death and an eternal separation from God in unending torment. Not a very ‘Christmas’ kind of message is it? That is because it isn’t the Christmas message. The Christmas message is that the hope of Christ brings eternal life, a new world created after the millennial reign of Christ on earth.
The hope of Christmas is what allows us to come to the Thanksgiving table truly thankful for the wondrous gift of God. The Christmas Gift is wrapped in the beautiful trappings of Resurrection morning. It is the Resurrection that fulfills the hope and allows us to celebrate throughout the holiday season. May your holiday season be bright, full of the joy of Christ and the hope of the future!
Politicians will come and go. Some of them not soon enough. We can rest in the knowledge that God is still on the throne and will forever reign. May your Thanksgiving be a time of wonderful reflection on the bountiful gifts of God, your Christmas be warm and reflective of the joys of Christ’s love.