Monday, December 22, 2008


Last Tuesday we had a little seismic activity in the Charleston area. It was around a 3.6 on the Richter scale. Anyway, as you'd expect, it was the buzz around town. 

Some people heard/felt it and were curious. Others (like us) felt the boom and were scared. It sounded like a huge piece of furniture fell over upstairs (on someone?!). Others said it sounded like a car ran into their building. And while many heard/felt it, others didn't even notice. 

It occurred to me that the birth of Christ was a seismic occurrence as well--albeit of biblical proportion. And, like our event, some noticed it and were afraid, others curious, and some missed it altogether.

Which are you? Do your eyes glaze over at the mention of the Christ-child? Perhaps you're losing Jesus in the chaos of shopping, sentiment and busyness.
Do you hear about the baby in a manager and find yourself curious but unengaged? Perhaps you have missed the implications of eternity apart from Christ.

Or maybe you are learning about Jesus and understand that He's coming back one day. This time, though, not as a baby but as a King. The King. And that He comes to judge those who believe they are good enough to get God to go to heaven on their own terms. I imagine that if that's you then you fear death. And well you should. After all, when you tell your own Creator that you don't trust Him and that you want to live your life on your own terms, it's got to be scary meeting Him face-to-face. 

The theme for Christmas is that you don't have to be afraid.

God sent His son Jesus to reconcile you to Himself. He has solved the problem of sin, if we'll just trust Him. He wants to forgive us (and we need that forgiveness because all of us have sinned against holy God). 

Will you humble yourself and trust Jesus today? Will you ask Him to forgive you for your sinful and self-centered attitudes and lifestyle? Will you surrender your life to Him and trust Him to lead you from here? He's awaits your humble request.

Receive the ultimate Christmas gift and you'll be giving one too.