Celebrate Jesus, former procrastinators! Enjoy the season, but celebrate Jesus. Celebrate Jesus in work, play, and rest as you do what needs doing when it needs doing. He is glorious.
“For God who said, ‘Let light shine in darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
In the face of the tiny baby, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. In the face of the man suffering, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. In the face of the risen Savior, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. In the face of the Warrior King who will return, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.
God has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of Jesus Christ. What an undeserved, blessed privilege. We are privileged to be cleansed and forgiven, privileged to have His Spirit live in us, privileged to have His guidance in this life, privileged to look forward with certainty to life in heaven with Him.
So much about our Christmas celebration points us to even greater glories than those around us now. Twinkling lights point us to the light of His face, soaring music points us to the glories of the heavenly chorus. Gift giving reminds us He is the greatest gift. The rapture on a child’s face prompts us to think what our faces will show when we see Him. Good food reminds us of the marriage feast of the Lamb where we will be present, beholding His glory.
Whatever thrill that we know now, whatever joy, peace, love, glory – none can compare to the glory we will experience then with Him. Someday with Him – because He came here to us.