The external evidence of the Christmas spirit seems to be everywhere around us, yet have you ever looked at something and thought that there is something missing?
My wife and I were recently visiting Auckland and while we were there, we stopped to watch a Christmas parade through the streets of the city. It was loud, colourful and festive, and everyone was there from Miss Piggy and Kermit the frog, to bagpipes and marching bands. Even Santa was part of the finale, but there wasn’t one mention of Jesus Christ.
It’s sad that there is a party going on, yet many people have forgotten why we’re celebrating. I’m sure you have seen the signs that declare ‘Merry Xmas’ and the missing X is Christ. It’s a bit like an apple crumble without the apple. Without Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas is lost.
Over 2000 years ago, God looked down and saw certain things were missing on earth.
- People had no joy – so He declared joy to the world.
- People had no peace – so He sent the Prince of peace.
- People had religion and laws – so He gave us love. (John 3:16)
- People were lonely – so He gave us Emmanuel (God with us).
In the midst of the songs, the feasting and festivities, my prayer is that people will stop and consider the missing ‘X’ in their lives, and that they will experience the love, joy and peace that we can have through a relationship with Jesus Christ.