December, 2 BC (Give or take a couple years)
Bethlehem: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, merchants and innkeepers are doing a brisk business for a census has been decreed and all must comply to registration, each to his own city.
December, 2002 AD (Give or take a couple years)
Big City, USA: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, mega-malls and convention centers are packed with travelers and residents alike, each conducting their own business, each off to their appointed city.
At the time of Christ’s birth, the angels announced, the shepherds praised and sang, the wise men bore gifts, yet all across the land, the people lived their lives oblivious to the miracle which had come into this world.
At the time of Christ’s birthday, the preachers proclaim, the believers sing praise, congregations worship, yet all across the metropolitan area, people live their lives oblivious to the salvation offered to this world.
Some things just don’t change, do they?
What can we do to bring Christ back into Christmas? An overwhelming task to say the least, but every road is paved one brick at a time. How about this Christmas you choose an "oblivious" friend or relative and make a special effort to show them the joy of Christmas beyond the tinsel and paper. Spread Christ’s salvation by giving a special ornament or book containing the message of salvation. Send cards that speak of the true meaning of Christmas.
Or hey, how about this. . .bring a friend to a Children’s Christmas program!
Be creative in your encouragement, pray the Spirit helps you, and smile with the joy that fills your heart knowing you’re giving Christ the best present of all for His birthday.
And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 RSV.