Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? ~ Isaiah 53:1
As a pastor, I deliver almost fifty messages a year. Sometimes people listen. Sometimes people fall asleep. But I find the Christmas story to be one of the most challenging messages I will deliver throughout the year.
We tell the story of Christmas over and over again. It doesn’t change from year to year. In December, we will tell how a virgin, pledged to be married, is visited by the angel, Gabriel. She will give birth to her first born son and we will call Him, “Jesus”. For He will save His people from their sin.
There it is. Simple. Profound. But who has believed our message? Why do we tell the same story over again each year?
We tell it so we will remember. We tell it so we will not forget. And we tell it because some have still not believed the message.
Every Christmas it happens. I will greet them on Christmas Eve in the sanctuary. People I have not seen since last Christmas. They will come to hear me tell the same story; the only one they will hear this year and the only one they will hear for the next year. And I wonder what they are thinking as they listen to it one more time.
Have they not yet believed the message? Has the arm of the Lord not yet been revealed? I pray the scales fall from their eyes this year. I pray they hear the message and believe. I pray they believe that this One who came as an infant Child brings hope and joy and peace.
Will you hear the story once again? We tell it so we will remember. We tell it so we will not forget. And we tell it because some have still not believed.
Good News, Good News, an Angel brings Good News!