“This Day” — (Luke 2:11)

We recognize that this day (December 25th) has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Our Lord certainly was not born on this day. He is the eternal God. And He did not come into the world in human flesh on this day. Our Savior’s birth as a man probably took place in the early spring, but certainly not in the dead of winter. We do not observe a “mass” or any kind of “holy ceremony” on this day, as the word “Christmas” might suggest. The fact is this day is just like any other day, with one exception: — By God’s providence, on this day, the whole world is compelled to acknowledge the fact that the Son of God came into this world more than two thousand years ago. We are not pagans, idolaters, or superstitious religionists. We observe no holy days, new moons, or sabbath days. We worship our God every day! Yet, God has given us “this day.” “We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Here are some thoughts that fill my heart and mind on “this day.”

CHRIST Jesus, our Lord and Savior is perfectly God and perfectly man. As such, our Divine Mediator is an able, willing, all-sufficient, effectual Savior.

REDEMPTION — The reason for Christ’s coming into this world was redemption. He came to “save His people from their sins.” Imagine that! The whole purpose of the triune God in sending His Son into the world was the redemption of our souls by the sacrifice of His dear Son. Though they know it not, the whole world is celebrating the redemption of God’s elect “this day!” I like the thought of that. Don’t you?

FAMILY — “This day,” above all days, is a day for family. My thoughts today are with my family. My original family, my three sisters, along with their husbands and children, will be the objects of my thoughts and prayers “this day.” My natural family, my wife and daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and I will spend this day in blessed conversation and fellowship. My everlasting family, you who are one with me in the Church and family of God, will have a place in all my thoughts and prayers “this day.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

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