by Pastor Mark Fisher
December 6, 2016
Never before had the words made any sense; for the first time in my life I actually understood the words of this most beautiful Christmas carol.
My family was much like any other family at Christmas time; we sang Christmas carols every Christmas Eve. For a kid it was the preliminary stuff before getting to the goal; and that goal was opening the presents. You know, those highly anticipated presents which you have been handling for the past few days or weeks. But Christmas as a kid was much more than just presents.
First, we were let out of prison, my mom called it school. Second, it meant enjoying the great outdoors in northern Minnesota: ice skating, sledding, cutting down a tree, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling (when the thing actually ran, and that was not often). And to top it off, I got to eat my mom’s cooking which equated to cookies, pies, cakes and eggnog; all essential for a child’s health.
Well, things were quite different for me when it finally came to my 21st Christmas. The previous Fall I had been introduced to the Christ of Christmas. I trusted Him alone for my salvation; I now had experienced the joy of CHRISTmas that many others before me had already experienced. As I sang along with my mother, father and grandmother on this Christmas, the words just sank into my soul for the very first time; “Hark! The herald angels sing, ‘glory to the newborn king! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’” All the years before it had never made any sense; I was blind but now I understand. I had trusted in Jesus Christ and because of that He enlightened my understanding!
Dear reader, does CHRISTmas make sense to you? Have you been enlightened? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” John 3:16, 17.
I still enjoy family, freedom and food, but my perspective was forever changed my 21st CHRISTmas.