Imagine growing up in the same house as Jesus: From dividing up chores and sharing a bunk bed, to playing Monopoly and arguing with him when you land on Boardwalk, picture your childhood life with the perfect Savior of the World!
As a child, you might recall the emotions you felt the day AFTER Christmas. It was almost as if a post-Christmas depression sets in and you go into mourning that the presents are all opened, the decorations need to be put away, the Christmas treats are all gone, and the Christmas music playlists have now gone stale. It’s a rough season for a little kid to think that the next time it rolls around is 364 more days away. But, for a believer, the joy doesn’t need to end!
In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is no longer an itinerant Galilean preacher in the Judean countryside. Instead, He is the risen Messiah, reigning in heaven and “uphold[ing] the universe by the word of his power” (Heb 1:3). The shadow of former things has disappeared, and now the fullest reality and substance of those forward-looking shadows is present. It is Christ: sacrificed, risen, interceding, reigning.
I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas lights. I love how they twinkle and shine. I love how they bring a sense of peace and awe to a dark room. But the only way for them to illuminate is if they have a power source. If they are not plugged into the power, they are just kind of plain and dull. Likewise, Jesus is the light of the world; He came to bring light into a very dark place.
In his legendary song, “The Spirit of Christmas,” Ray Charles asks a question about Christmas spirit: “Why can’t it remain all through the year?” Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing while celebrating with family and friends, or just enjoying a quiet evening by your living room fireplace, your Christmas tree sparkling over there in the corner. But what if it could last the whole year? If it did, what would that be like?
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