What Child is This? | Weekly Thoughts: Savior
Christmas is a wild time. Each consecutive event feels like the cascading of massive bodies of water landing in the same place, at the same time. For the past week, I have spent every night out late doing something. And every night, that something was good; it’s just not typical for Jennifer and I. The not so typical part is because adulthood is thoroughly setting in; I fall asleep in every movie, I’m ready for bed around 9PM, and I need the radio down while driving and paying attention to the directions.
As much as I love the Christmas season, which I really do, it’s become more apparent to me over the years that what we’ve created is far from its intended purpose. I personally think that there are two primary reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a massive income generator. Black Friday is called Black Friday because it takes most stores from the red (negative) into the black (positive). We have turned generosity (which is a good) into a business. But the second reason is because it’s creates a diversion to preserve our sinful flesh. Let me explain.
When it comes down to it, the angel Gabriel, Elizabeth and Zacharias, Mary and Joseph, the eastern star, the shepherds, and singing angels are proclaiming a simple straightforward message: A Savior has been born. The miracles, the sudden appearance of heavenly host, and God’s leadership over nature are to reveal that a Savior has been born. This means that we have need of a Savior. This is the reason for the diversion. Naturally, we like the idea of a Savior, we just don’t like being in a place where we need saving. But, unto us, a Savior has been born.
Let us take time in this season to allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, to reveal anything that would be hindering His love, and allow His work of conviction, salvation, and healing to have its way in our lives.