Every year at this time, something happens. It’s like the migration of birds across the US. One by one the Christmas cards appear. They’re all decked out with Green, Red and Gold, dusted with white glitter or more commonly the family photo. The cards arrive from all over the place with kind words from family or updates on friends from all your past life stages. Each one wishing you a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or a Ho! Ho! Ho!
My wife Sage has started the tradition of hanging each one on the garland that drapes over the entry way into our dining room. A few years ago we were enjoying the arrival of the Christmas cards and watching the garland fill up. Then one day a card arrived from an artist friend of ours, which stopped me in my tracks. It was handmade. On the cover was a delicate watercolor painting of a Christmas ornament hanging on the branches of a Christmas tree. She is a great artist and it was impressive, but that’s not what caught my attention. It was the inside. There written in black script on off-white fiber were just four words, “God and Sinners Reconciled”.
That’s it. That’s all it said and yet that’s all it needed to say. The gospel story summed up in four little words. So simple yet absolutely profound. God sent His son to reconcile a sinner like me to himself. With those words, my friend ushered me into the right mindset of Christmas. “Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with the angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it is easy to forget what we are actually celebrating. It’s easy to forget why the newborn Jesus came into the world of fallen mankind. And it is even easier to forget that we are to proclaim that Jesus has come to deal with our sinful hearts and bring us back into relationship with God. As Christians we have the joyful task of telling others the good news. What better time to relay that message than this holiday season? This year take advantage of the opportunities that may come when someone “asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you?” (1Peter 3:15) Wouldn’t it be great to see God and sinners reconciled?
Pray and ask the Lord to help you grasp the magnitude of those four simple words, and to proclaim that truth to your friends and family this Christmas season. Finally, pray for them. Ask God to open their hearts so they too can call on the name of the Lord and be saved.
One more thing, don’t forget the Christmas card. It doesn’t have to be handmade; we’ll still hang it on the garland!
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Author: Wes Andrews
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