Christmas: A Time to Repent and Believe
Even in the Christmas narratives there are encouragements to repent and believe. God has broken into our world to do a new thing, a mighty thing, a wonderful thing! The world is forever changed, and your life can be forever changed as well.
Think of the shepherds out in the fields by night. Luke 2:8-20 recounts these narratives surrounding the birth of Christ. There were shepherds out in the fields in the area near Bethlehem, and they were basically living out there so that they could share the shifts throughout the night to keep watch over the sheep so that they would not wander off, be stolen by thieves, or attacked by wild animals like wolves.
This passage is where we get the nighttime theme for so many of our Christmas hymns. They were out there in the middle of the night. It would have been quiet and dark in the fields, and that contrasts with what happens next, as reported in verse nine and following. They were out there in the middle of the night, in the dark, doing the same ol', same ol' and God broke into their lives! God broke into the world! The Savior was born.
And this recounts the normal sequence of events. This happens for all of us:
1. God makes Himself known
2. We rush to Jesus- Savior, Christ, Lord
3. We glorify and praise God
4. We spread the word about Christ
Christmas is a time to recognize (again and afresh) the wonderful revelation of God and to throw ourselves at His wonder and mercy. It is a time to not only repent and believe but to glorify Him and share this Good News with others. Repent and believe all the more this Christmas season, and glorify God and evangelize others as you go along your way!