Rev. Lane Stephenson
People Who Missed Christmas
Scripture records different responses to the birth of Christ. Some ignored the news of His birth or were indifferent to it. Some were openly hostile or fearful. Some who knew Old Testament prophecies of Christ failed to see the Christ of Scripture. As John's gospel says, the world did not know Him and His own people did not receive Him.
But - and that is a glorious word - to all who did receive Him, He gave the right to become the children of God. Some welcomed the news, rejoiced in it, and believed in Christ. By God's grace, their hearts and eyes were opened to see the beauty of Christ. Through the new birth that only God can give, they became the children of God.
This Sunday we will think of those who, for a multitude of reasons, did not welcome Christ. We will ask ourselves the most crucial question of all: Have we received Christ? Are we merely celebrating a season or rejoicing in the Savior's birth as those who believe upon Him?