Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Many years ago a striking Christmas card was published with the title, if Christ had not come. It was founded upon our Saviour’s words, if I had not come. The card represented a minister falling into a short sleep in his study early on Christmas morning.
And while he was sleeping he had a dream of a world into which Jesus had never come. In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no stockings hung by the fireplace, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save.
He walked out into the street but there was no church with its spire pointing to heaven, he came back and sat down in his library, only to find that every book about the Saviour had disappeared.
There was a ring at the doorbell and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hurried with the weeping child and as he reached the home and sat down he said, I have something that will comfort you. He then opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but there was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation.
All he could do was bow his head and weep with her in despair. Later he stood by her grave for the funeral service, but their was no message of consolation, no word of a glorious resurrection, no open heaven, but only dust to dust, ashes to ashes and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that he had not come and burst into tears in his sorrowful dream.
Suddenly he woke with a start, and a shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in church close by, O’come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant, O’come ye to Bethlehem, Come and behold Him born the King of angels, O’come let us adore Him Christ the Lord.
Let us be glad and rejoice today because he has come and let us remember the annunciation of the angel, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas, Pastor John