Hey, Calvary Fremont –
I published this last year, and I offer it again this year. Merry Christmas.
No one knew it was Christmas Eve.
Only one star was twinkling, but only a few foreigners bundled themselves up to follow the Christmas light.
The greatest choir ever assembled was singing, but only a few shepherds in the wilderness had tickets.
And though they saw the Light and heard the Music, the Wise Men and the shepherds had no idea what any of this meant. How could they?
No gifts were being exchanged; no hugs were given.
If hope was in the air, no one felt it.
This was joy to the world, yet the world in solemn stillness lay.
No one knew it was Christmas Day. How could they?
The equivalent of a thousand suns crashed into our planet, yet no one felt a thing.
No sirens went off, and no alarms were rung. There was no rushing wind, no reverberations in the earth, and no oceans rising above their levels.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n.
The Roman army didn’t march, the Sanhedrin didn’t gather to deliberate, nor did the philosophers ponder.
The sun kept shining, the flowers kept growing, and the rivers continued their pilgrimage to the sea.
Yet everything had changed.
One was born who would undo the Curse far as the Curse is found.
The Kingdom of Darkness shuddered.
Sin met its match.
The Grave chewed its fingernails.
The devil gnawed his tongue.
The Gift given so silently on that first Christmas morning didn’t remain wrapped in swaddling silence.
The rise of that Voice began to shatter the Kingdom of Darkness and give hope to the Kingdom of Men.
Demons and disease, wind and wave, blind eye and broken limb bowed before Him.
The Voice was heard in Jerusalem and then grew loud enough to be heard in Judea.
Those in Samaria heard the rising volume of the Voice and then it exploded to the uttermost parts of the Earth.
Today, the Roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah reaches every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
And though the heathen rage against the Lord and against His Christ, they can’t stop Christmas from engulfing our planet, obliterating the Curse, and bringing salvation to all who call upon the name of the Lord!
…at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
Merry Christmas! Pastor Tim