Midweek Wake-Up, December 7
Christmas can be a joyous time for some and a painful time for others. Whichever way you find yourself this Christmas season, it is necessary to remember that Jesus has come into this world to save us. This is the timely message that is applicable to all of us regardless of our feelings towards Christmas.The reason that we are even in need of saving is because of the fall. Genesis 3 tells of humanity’s fall into sin, which has resulted in the broken world that we live in today. John 1:5, John 3:19, & Romans 1:21-23 tell us of how we humans prefer the darkness to the light. So there are basically two things going on. One is that we live in a fallen world, and the other is that we continually choose darkness over the light. It is for both of these reasons that we need Jesus who is the atoning sacrifice for our sin and the savior of the world.So let me ask you this, how have you chosen the darkness over the light? Are you willing to dig deep and come to terms with your own sins and failures? Or are you content to just chalk it up to the broken world we live in? I am the first to admit that this is a challenge for me. I like to think of myself as a “good person” and I like to think of myself as better than I actually am. But after a little bit of soul-searching I realize that the brokenness in my life is not only a product of our broken world, but it also a product of the ways in which I have personally chosen darkness.Are you willing to engage in this process of self-discovery? I promise you that it will give Christmas much more meaning. When we realize that Jesus is saving us from something, it helps us to understand Christmas in the way it is supposed to be understood.