The Indignation of Late Deliveries

This Christmas there was public indignation expressed by many if the news media because some Christmas presents had not been delivered on time, as promised. What struck me about this situation was how indignant people were because they suffered the inconvenience of not getting their gifts on time. Yes, promises were made by the delivery services that were not kept, but it’s amazing how much news this generated in a society that seems to have forgotten why the season is called Christmas.

 Over twenty-seven hundred years ago, the Prophet Micah declared this. It’s found in Micah 5:2. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, From everlasting.”

 It seems as if our society has come to possess an incredible sense of entitlement. There’s nothing wrong with giving and receiving presents at Christmas, but, it’s as if our values now revolve around personal gratification and possession of stuff. This really shouldn’t capture our attention and dictate our emotional responses to the season.

 This indignation over of all this stuff being delivered a day late, brought me back to what really counts – the celebration of  the birth of our Savior. Christ, though entitled to rule and reign as Lord and King, humbled Himself and came to earth to be born in a stable. He did this, turning away from all He was entitled to, and allowed Himself to be humiliated on the cross of His crucifixion. Let’s remind ourselves that He did this for all for all of us who felt so irate because our goodies were a day late.

 Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV) says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, {6} who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, {7} but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. {8} And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

 Let’s focus on the reason for the season, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year. Thank God Jesus was delivered on time. God help us to remember Matthew 1:23 every day. It says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’”

Indignation Over Late Deliveries

 


I Saw Santa in an Elevator.

I was walking in the mall a couple weeks before Christmas. I happened to look through the glass elevator at man dressed as Santa Claus. He was riding down from the second level to the first. He was on his way to meet with children about what they would like for Christmas. There’s nothing unusual about this, and I certainly have no problem with people taking their kids to see Santa at the mall. I’m sharing this with you because it was one of those occasions when the Holy Spirit showed me something extraordinary in what was completely ordinary. This Santa in the elevator was a secular icon of Christmas, descending to his place of prominence. This scene impressed upon my heart the real event of Christmas – that Christ came the first time as a baby in a humble stable.  Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) says, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Christ will come a second time, and it won’t be in an elevator or as a baby in a humble stable. He will descend from the clouds, riding a majestic white warhorse. He will return as the glorious “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Multitudes will witness His coming. He will go to His place of prominence, which will be His throne, before which every knee will bow. He will come as the all-conquering King and Judge. Will you be rejoicing over His return, or wishing you had rejoiced over an opportunity lost that was freely offered for your salvation?

Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV) says, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. {12} His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. {13} He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. {14} And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. followed Him on white horses. {15} Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. {16} And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.”

I Saw Santa in an Elevator

 


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