Everybody has their favorite Christmas reruns. Maybe yours are those animated shows like Rudolph or Charlie Brown. I like the old movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. It’s weird that I can watch these same shows year after year not only knowing what’s going to happen next but many times recite whole portions of the show line for line. Each Christmas as I watch the same reruns I have seen for years there’s a comfort that comes from knowing what’s coming next.
Television and DVD technology may provided the comfort of familiarity into our Christmas celebration but you know the first Christmas wasn’t like that at all. Take the shepherds. Now there’s a lesson of how life can go from ordinary to extraordinary in a flash. Mary and Joseph, even the Wisemen knew the Messiah was coming but not the shepherds. They were just busy minding their own business, doing their job and bringing home the paycheck much like you and me. Luke 2:8 says “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” To me that’s like saying “And Bob was sitting at his desk checking email” or “And Susan was standing in the kitchen cooking dinner” Like watching a Christmas show rerun, the shepherds were in a place in their life where they thought they could predict what was going to happen next. They were just doing ordinary things when something extraordinary happened.
Luke 2:9 tells us “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Can you imagine? You’re sitting in your ordinary life when all the sudden an angel shows up and the glory of the Lords shines around you so much you are scared out of your mind. I’d say that would totally blow up your ordinary life and catapult you into the EXTRA-ordinary. But the whole angel, glory of the Lord thing was just the beginning of the shepherds trek into the bizarre. Then the angel tells them “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Think of that. A Savior has been born to you too. That’s what Christmas is all about. As you are living your ordinary life checking emails and cooking dinner, a Savior has been born to you. Think of how extraordinary that is.
With a Savior, your life no longer needs to be filled with pressure that you have to make everything all right. Jesus came to let you know you are all right with Him and everything else is details. Really. Facing the list of things to do, problems to solve and people to care for looks totally different when you first rest in the assurance that you and Jesus are doing alright.
Don’t let this Christmas be a rerun of predictable routines and expectations. Like the shepherds, rejoice that you not only have Jesus as your Savior but that He’s come so you may live knowing He thinks you’re alright. Then you’ll see that Christmas means living in the unpredictable with Christ and loving it! Merry Christmas!