It is the end of yet another year…a year full of car deals…a year full of ups and downs for us all. For some it was a good year, for some, not so good. We all have our personal view of 2014. Regardless of our individual stories of 2014, it is now Christmas time for all of us. This season of Christmas also carries a unique perspective for each of us.
As I have done in years past, this last message of 2014 is about Christmas, delivered to you by news anchor Harry Reasoner. He delivered it Christmas Eve, many years ago on The CBS Evening news.
Thank you for your business and your friendship.
Merry Christmas –
Quote of the week:
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!
– Isaiah 9:6-7
Christmas – By Harry Reasoner
The basis for this tremendous annual burst of buying things and gift buying and parties and near hysteria, is a quiet event that Christians believe actually happened a long time ago. You can say that in all societies there has always been a midwinter festival, and that many of the trappings of our Christmas are almost violently pagan, but you come back to the central fact, of the day and quietness of Christmas morning, the birth, of God, on earth.
It leaves you only three ways of accepting Christmas, one is cynically, as a time to make money or endorse the making of it. The second is graciously, the appropriate attitude for non-Christians, who wish their fellow citizens all the joys to which their beliefs entitle them, and the third, of course, is reverently, If this is the anniversary of the appearance of the Lord of the universe, in the form of a helpless babe – it is a very important day.
It’s a startling idea, of course. My guess is that the whole story that a virgin was selected by God to bear his Son, as a way of showing His love and concern for man is not an idea that has been popular with theologians. It’s a somewhat illogical idea, and theologians like logic almost as much as they like God. It’s so revolutionary a thought that it probably could only come from a God that is beyond logic, and beyond theology.
It has a magnificent appeal; almost nobody has seen God, and almost nobody has any real idea of what he is like, and the Truth is that among men the idea of seeing God suddenly, and standing in a very bright light, is not necessarily a completely comforting and appealing idea. But everyone has seen babies, and most people like them.
If God wanted to be loved as well as feared, he moved correctly here. If He wanted to know his people as well as rule them, He moved correctly here, for a baby growing up learns all about people. If God wanted to be intimately a part of man he moved correctly, for the experience of birth, and family-hood is our most intimate and precious experience.
So it comes beyond logic. It is either all falsehood or it is the truest thing in the world. It’s the story of the great innocence of God the baby. God in the form of man, and has such a dramatic shock toward the heart, that if it is not true, for Christians, nothing is true.
So, if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some final quiet morning, the touch will take.