During the long war- years a boy looked frequently at a picture of his daddy on the table. He had left when the boy was a young infant. After several years the boy had forgotten him as a person but he would often look at the picture and say, “If only my father could step out of that picture and be real….”
The person who wrote this story reminds us Christmas means that in a sad day of sin when man had almost forgotten God, He stepped into the world in the form of His Son.
This is the incredible story of Christmas. The world in constant rebellion against God had fallen far away from Him and the Father not wanting to destroy His creation decided to give us a last chance to be redeemed. Yet when we look around us today, we might well ask if the world has forgotten about Him again.
Do we look at the pictures of the first Christmas and wish that Jesus would step out of our pictures and return again this Christmas? We are at war with the dark forces that surround us every day. Perhaps we think that Jesus is far away. But that is not the case. He is with us all the time in the person of the Holy Spirit. He steps out of our pictures and into us, and in us the world can know Him in today,
As His body now on earth we have to live as He has taught us, commanded us and shown us by example. The heart of His personality is love. That love should shine out through us. But, does it?
Advent is the time when we can make an extra effort to bring Jesus into the lives of those living in darkness of different kinds. We can step down to where they are and through the way we support. accept without judgement, and bring them comfort and love, bring Jesus into their lives this Christmas.
Jesus’ coming brought forgiveness, to those who accepted Him and we need to make forgiveness one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another at any time.
So, let us bring Jesus home for Christmas and welcome others to meet Him in us.