Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Closer Look

It's finally beginning...

to look...

like Christmas!

Look closer...

and you will find...

that there is so much more than just lights and sparkle.

There is so much more than just a baby in a manger.

The Son of God came down to earth to become the son of an ordinary man, to be born in an ordinary stable, to come from an ordinary town... and all to do something so completely extraordinary!

He came to save YOU. And ME.

Can you imagine what would've happened if Jesus Christ had never been born?!

I'd like to share with you the entry for December 25th of Streams in the Desert.

(Read to the end... it's worth it!)

"A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published, with the title, "If Christ had not come." It was founded upon our Savior's words, "If I had not come." The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.

In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Savior had disappeared.

A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hastened with the weeping child and as he reached the home, he sat down and said, "I have something here that will comfort you." He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.

Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word of glorious resurrection, no open heaven, but only "dust to dust, ashes to ashes," and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that "He had not come" and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his sorrowful dream.

Suddenly he awoke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close by:

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Let us be glad and rejoice today, because "He
has come." And let us remember the anunciation of the angel, "Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11)."

Isn't that amazing?! Let us remember that Christmas is not just about the birth of Jesus Christ, but that He chose to be born, so that He could die, so that WE may LIVE. With hope. Eternally.



Lesley Peck said...

Wonderful post! Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family!!!

Melissa Stover said...

i am so glad he was born, died and rose again! i serve a LIVING Savior!

Pajama Mama said...

You are SO amazing, Marsha!! Thank you for your never-ending faith and inspiration that you provide to so many! Merry Christmas to you and beautiful family. Keeping you and Christian in my thoughts.

Beatrice said...

What a great post to remind us that the baby in the manger was meant for greater things. That he did come to save the us..What a great gift he did bring us..Merry Christmas to you and your family..Many Blessings..

Christine said...

AMEN! I love you and can't wait to see you tomorrow.

T.D. said...

Thank you so much Marsha! That story was a blessing... and a very good reminder. I forget what this world would be like if Jesus had never come.
God is good!

Lainie said...

Oh thank you Marsha! What a wonderful reminder and blessing. Merry CHRISTmas to you too.

Oh, and Abigail... go to bed!

(Sorry Marsh, that is my daughter's comment above! hee hee )

Annemarie said...

This was indeed a great one.

Monday night, we went to Dollywood and we were watching an outdoor program that they have called Carol of the Trees. The have a gigantic Christmas tree in the middle of a pond and several around it. Christmas carols play while the the lights flash in rhythm. I don't know what it is about this Christmas, but in the middle of the production, the voices of children read the biblical account of Christ's birth. As I looked up at the angel topping the tree, I found myself praying a prayer that has been in my heart this whole season...let this one be the last! Please come this year!

In sermon I was listening to yesterday, the preacher was talking about the garden of Eden and he said, "After He meeted out the curses on the man, woman and serpent, that was it. Nothing more was required to satisfy God." When I think about that...wow! How low he stooped to save me. Unfathomable.


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Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

I loved this, never read it before. Thanks for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas. I know, beyond any doubt you know the reason for the season!

Leanne said...

I've never read this or heard it before.

I found my eyes tearing up at the thought of life without Hope. At life without Forgiveness. At life without Joy.

Thank you for posting it and for refreshing my dying and sputtering Christmas spirit.


Andrea said...

awww! Leanne's comment was sweet, and she signed it "Lylas" ...I haven't seen that since high school.

Love you like a sister (lylas) ...cute!
Very thoughtful post Marsha! Lylas!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Great post! :) Great photos! :) Merry Christmas!