December 16, 2012
Christmas time always seems to start the day after thanksgiving. For some, maybe it starts way back in July. Typically though, the Christmas season begins on the day after Thanksgiving or affectionately called “Black Friday”. Hustle and bustle are words used to describe this scene but maybe shock and awe would be more like it. Craziness sets in just the same.
We are runners. Over the last few years I always watch news stories and wonder how people break down the doors at the local big box stores or the video places and swarm the latest big thing that always seems to come out at just the “right time”. This big thing might be a toy or an electronic device or some big sale but whatever it is, it always seems to bring the message that “it will change your life”! Even as I sit here writing this blog post, a commercial for a new cell phone just made the statement “this will change your life”!
So, there is a void and we run to fill that void with this stuff that makes the claim to change our lives. We want those we love to have this stuff so we can have a hand in helping to “change” their lives as well. How crazy it is that we believe these lies; yet we run to buy anything and everything that makes this claim.
I want to read in Luke 2 and focus on one simple, somewhat hidden phrase. Luke 2:13 -16 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’ When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.”
Notice how they went. “They went with haste” which basically means they ran to Christ! They ran to Him! The shepherds were told about the baby Jesus and as soon as the angel departed they went without hesitation to find Him in Bethlehem. Why? Because nothing and no one has ever been promised throughout history to have the claim of changing our lives…EVER! The Bible is very clear about this promise. He was promised 700 years before His birth. These people had been anticipating this moment in history for it meant this Jesus would change their lives!
How is it for you? Has Jesus changed your life? This is His promise for you today. Run to Him! Later on in the Christmas story, we hear about Mary, in her excitement of hearing the promise of the Lord, runs to Elizabeth who is pregnant with John and immediately he leaps for joy in her womb! See, Jesus brings excited anticipation if you are His child. Although we live in an evil, broken world, we know He will return because of His promise. We are still broken and therefore, we run with haste to Him daily for comfort, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, strength… So, what do you run to Jesus for? If you don’t know Him as your personal Savior, run to Him. He is our hope. I pray you find Him this Christmas and run to Him. He’s waiting for you.