The power of Christmas that causes most Americans to choose it as their favorite holiday is not just the powerful urge to be ‘home’, celebrating with family and traditions they treasure. It is wrapped up in the deep need to reconcile with God and goodness that is the real longing of every heart that seeks the peace that defies understanding. That peace is only found in the power of the Gospel – God’s real gift to us.
Notice again what those characters involved in the story of that first Christmas said:
Gabriel to Mary: “…thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son
And shall call his name Jesus (savior)” Luke 1:31
Mary: “My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savoir.” Luke 1:47
Gabriel to Joseph: “… She shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name
Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Angels to shepherds: “…for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Simeon in the temple: “Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which thou hast
Prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten
the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.”
Anna in the temple: She gave thanks unto the Lord, and spoke of Him to all
Them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Lk. 2:38
Many people respond to a witness concerning their need to receive Christ personally, “I’m all right. I have a strong faith.” But conversation soon reveals that they really have ‘faith in faith’ – not in the Son of God – the only Savior of the world. His mission to bring salvation to everyone who believes in Him is the real power of the Christmas gift of Peace on Earth, dwelling only in the hearts of everyone redeemed by Him back to peace with God.
Do you need to really come Home to God this Christmas? It can only happen through accepting His Son’s death, burial, and resurrection as your personal redemption into His family.