Nobody knows the day of Jesus birth...some celebrate... some stumble.
However, as someone expressed, it was the day chosen by the church at large (when the church was limited to those northern realms)... in those days when man lived in “a world lit only by fire.”
And it coincides with:
the time of the shortest days of the year,
with the season of least heat from the sun,
with the time of dead flowers, fallen leaves and empty fields.
Thus He came to mankind,
when all hope of renewal seemed fled,
when it seemed there would be no more light or heat for man,
when life was at its lowest ebb,
and brought the promise of a another and greater Life, another Creation.
Somehow, in our human world today we find ourselves mirroring this image...our so called civilization totters…
That dark night, and that cyclone of destruction, which men of God of a bygone generation feared would descend upon us has now come.
The “gross darkness” is now present.
The foundations are destroyed.
The anchor line has parted and we are adrift.
There is no hope outside of God, and yet our generation is busy bolting the doors against His reign.
We recognise the immutability of the laws of gravity and yet refuse to accept the unchangeable laws of what is right and what is wrong before God.
We worry about the laws of nature and the state of nature, and yet we ignore the laws of God which determine our destiny.
My father used to ask, “When are we going to get serious about getting serious?”
The things which have to do with life in the Kingdom of God are not theory and are not optional.
They do not lie on the surface of life.
It is still our lack of passion that condemns us to spiritual poverty.
Today, as we celebrate Christmas, while the world hangs by a thread, God presents to us One Who came as the Dayspring...the dawning Light in the midst of darkness, Life in the midst of death.
“Choose Life.” (Deu. 30:19)..they were Moses’ words to Israel...and they are the words God would speak to us today.