Every Christmas, I try to do my very best to make the season last longer than the year before.
And then, every year it seems that when Christmas gets here, it’s over before we know it.
I often feel like I’m putting the tree and the lights and the decorations up just before I start to take them down again.
And if I’m not careful, I can let the whirlwind that Christmas has turned into become how I think about the true meaning of Christmas as a whole.
We cram all the celebrating into just a few weeks and then it’s over before we know it.
But the truth is, Christmas is only just the beginning.
The truth is, God coming down to be with us is only the beginning of the story.
Advent is the beginning of the Christian calendar, not the end.
God not only came to be with us, He came to die for us, to defeat death for us, and now He wants to use us to bring others to Him.
In the gospel of John, John writes…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made.”
John 1:1-3 ESV
If we continue reading a bit further He writes:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 ESV
But this, this Christmas story John is telling us, is only the beginning.
The Bible doesn’t end on Christmas.
Christmas is only the beginning act of the climax of God’s master plan to save His people and redeem a broken world.
He came as a child, in an unexpected way.
He died on the cross and defeated the grave, but in this world he could not stay.
And now His spirit moves in you and in me.
Until he returns and redeems for all eternity.
Christmas is only the beginning of the story.
And quite honestly, I think He’s still writing some of the best parts.
The baby that lay in a manger is still transforming lives like He did that cold night 2000+ years ago.
Has He changed yours?
How are you glorifying God, praising Him, and sharing Him with others like the Shepherds did that first Christmas?
Merry Christmas friends. May we remember that this is only the beginning, and may we live with hopeful, and joyful rejoicing and anticipation as we await our loving Savior’s return.