I’ve got to believe that the Number One question asked and answered by kids the day after Christmas is, “So what did you get?” The reason I believe this is because at one time—a long time ago—I was a kid and asked this question. Kim and I have four kids who ask this question and are asked this question by their friends. “So what did you get?”
Theodor Seuss Geisel (whom you and I know as Dr. Seuss) gave young and old alike something to think about in these words from his delightful tale of How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!” And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “What if Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”
Christmas means a whole lot more than what we get from a store. And every year, as we watch the Grinch Christmas special with the kids, we are reminded anew of that truth. Hopefully we all got a clearer view of the First Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ as we celebrated His birth yesterday among the packages, boxes, and bags. This Babe born in Bethlehem grew in wisdom and stature, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and was resurrected from the grave. Forty days later He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. But His story does not end there! He is on the way back.
Hopefully on Christmas Day we also got a clearer vision of the return of our Lord for His Second Advent. This truth brings such great encouragement and hope to all of us who anxiously await His return! In His first Advent, Jesus came as a suffering servant to pay the penalty for our sin by nailing it all to the cross. But in His Second Advent, He will return as the conquering King who will reign forever and ever . . . and we will reign with Him. Think about some of the great implications of this truth!
- No more sin
- No more suffering
- No more sorrow
- No more shame
- No more sickness
- No more pain
- No more tears
- No more death
The old will be gone, but that’s not all. The new will be ushered in. There will be a new heavens and a new earth; everything will be new, including you and me! We will have new bodies and a new, unbroken fellowship with our Lord. “We shall be like him,” the Beloved Apostle promised, “for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2). All things in heaven and on earth will be brought under one Head, our King, and we will reign with Him as glorified saints in the glorified creation for all eternity.
So . . . what did you get for Christmas? Was it merely packages, boxes, and bags? Or did you get something that means . . . a great deal more?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!