I don’t know about you but with all of the hype around exchanging gifts at Christmas, I’m often left feeling a little empty. My heart pines for shiny things, all of which never stand up to their promises of fulfillment. Even the most amazing, heartfelt, homemade gift doesn’t seem to fill the void. It’s as if they are pointing to something bigger, something that does ultimately fulfill, something that makes us whole and complete.
All throughout God’s redemptive history there were signs pointing to something greater to come, something or someone that could and would fulfill our longings. Jesus is the fulfillment of those hopes, dreams and longings. Centuries ago, God sent the Christ, the Great Rescuer, and on that day, as the song ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ says “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”
As you enjoy this day, hopefully full of joy, family and traditions, I pray you’d join me in enjoying God’s greatest gift, His son Jesus, the one whose promises never fail.
Ben McLeish + The St. Roch Communtiy Church Family