Where is God This Christmas?
Christmas Message from Christ the King’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Where is God This Christmas? As Mayan calendars make humans across the world look silly and make God look absent, we’re left to wonder Where is God This Christmas?
Crazed shooters are walking into movie theaters, Amish communities, and schools with guns blazing. Innocent lives, even innocent little children, are being massacred for no good reason. Where is God This Christmas?
Meanwhile the unrest and slaughter around the world increase, too. Tribal warfare in Africa, Christian persecution in the Middle East and Far East, nuclear weapons transactions—these things are only getting worse. Where is God This Christmas?
Our country is battling through financial times so terrible only the Great Depression was worse. Those once wealthy and comfortable are now poor and scraping to get by. Those with good jobs now are reduced to menial labor. Those with bright futures now don’t even want to know what tomorrow brings. Where is God This Christmas?
Look closely, friends. You won’t find God in million dollar winning lottery tickets. You won’t find God in the number of zeros in your bank account. You won’t find God in military defense systems. You won’t find God in the White House. You won’t find God on the internet.
Look closely. Look in a place where you absolutely would not expect. Look in a stable where a young maiden, a curious carpenter, and simple shepherds are surrounded by lowing oxen. Look amidst them all in a tiny little manger. There we see a newborn child with an incredible name—Immanuel, which means, “God with us.”
This is God’s modus operandi. He comes to us with great power in humble and unexpected ways. We see him lying in a manger. We see him riding on a donkey into Jerusalem. We see him dying on a cross. We see him buried in a tomb.
It leaves us to wonder: Where is God in all this? Yet while the manger, the cross, and the tomb don’t look like much, through these things our mighty God came to live for us, forgave all our sins, and won for us eternal life in heaven. God used the most humble of means to accomplish the most marvelous of miracles—our salvation.
Today God still comes to us in humble means to accomplish marvelous miracles. We see our God pouring out his power and his might through his holy Word, the Bible. There he reveals to us his plan of salvation and his will for our lives. There he reveals to us that though kingdoms, countries, and economies may fail, he is always with us. There he reveals that no ancient calendar will ever predict the end of the world because only he knows the day and the hour. There in his Word he reveals to us that though we are traumatized by wars and school shootings and hatred and sicknesses and diseases and cancer, he will still work all things for our good according to his loving plans.
This Christmas don’t look to Christmas lights or Christmas presents or holiday cheer to find joy or to find answers. Look to the manger, the cross, and the tomb. There we see our Savior God in action, taking away our sins and opening wide the doors heaven. Then look to God’s holy Word where learn how our Savior works in our lives in mysterious yet loving ways today.
This Christmas in the manger, at the cross, in the tomb, in the Word we find an answer to our question. Where is God This Christmas? Friends, his name is Immanuel. God is with us! Today and always.
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