Posted by: goingfaraway | December 5, 2010

Christmas is not cute

Emily gave me an early Christmas gift of a ticket to Handel’s Messiah. Last night we got dressed up and headed into town for an evening of beautiful music. We took our lives into our hands as we ice skated down the sidewalks of Dublin, but it was worth it! The performance was excellent.

Many people associate Handel’s Messiah with just the birth of Jesus. What we think of as the Christmas story is so much more than a pretty virgin, a little baby, stinky sheep and a few kings. The Messiah tells the whole story: the coming of the Messiah, starting in Isaiah, ending in Revelation. It’s full of passion, emotion, pain, sacrifice, love. Triumph. HOPE. It’s not cute. This is the kind of story that will change your life. Because it’s not just a story. It’s the TRUTH.

This morning I was reading Luke 2, and when I got to Simeon’s song I had to stop.

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

And then Isaiah 9….

“The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

We hear these words every December, but we should think of them every day.

This is Christmas: the LIGHT OF THE WORLD has come, He is ALIVE today.

I want to live to serve the Messiah that Simeon waited for.

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