by Barbara Latta
Presents, tables laden with food, carols resounding through the air, and maybe a kiss or two under the mistletoe. Oh, that’s right, not this year. No kisses, no hugs, no sharing in person.
Just like that long ago Christmas when Jesus was a young child, evil tried to stamp it out.
Thousands of years ago it wasn’t a disease that attempted to stop a celebration. It was an evil ruler who hunted down the real King. His jealousy was the virus that spread doom and gloom searching for innocents to kill.
And Herod is the one who died. Not the Baby he sought.
Covid will eventually die just like Herod did. And even though Herod’s son took his place on the throne, Jesus still thrived. Some other plague will probably replace covid. After all, we live in a fallen world.
But Herod’s search didn’t stop Jesus from being King just like germs, rulers, unbelievers, politicians, or the devil cannot take Christmas away from us.
The fact that separation is part of the holiday this year doesn’t change the reason we celebrate.
It isn’t mistletoe and holly. It is isn’t tinsel, lights and toys.
Because the reality of Christ’s birth is He was born to bring us redemption.
Christmas doesn’t stop because we can’t be together. Because redemption cannot be undone.
Redemption is the heartbeat of Christmas.
What can I give to Jesus? I can give Him my heart because He gave me His.
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