01 December

Missing the Big News

Missing the Big News

In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright Brothers were successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. They were thrilled and telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of
the local newspaper and showed him the message. He
glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.”

The editor totally missed the biggest news of his career.

Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

I love the Christmas baking, the turkey, the time with family, and music in the
malls. The banquets, singing Christmas carols, and buying and receiving gifts.
I love writing out Christmas cards (yes, I still do that by hand), The Neighbourhood Church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, and did I mention the Christmas baking.

Yet in all of this, it’s so easy to enjoy the  tradition and miss the real news.
The real news is that Jesus left His throne and kingly crown, and came to the earth for us. That is the real news. John Donne put it this way; “T’was
much, that man was made like God before, but that God should be like man,
much more.”

But Western Civilization wants to ignore this, the biggest news of history.
In 1991 a school in Miami wanted to avoid offending anybody so the school dropped religion altogether. They started singing about the weather because it was a good neutral subject. Dave Barry, the comic sartorial writer, wrote how that in his son's school, they started holding the big winter celebration in February and sang non-memorable songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman” and the real moving classic "Suzy Snowflake."
Pretty funny step for a school in Miami...all so nobody has to hear the true and historical story about Jesus.

Sing “Suzy Snowflake” if you want but don’t go through Christmas and miss the big news. God came to earth to be like us. He took upon the form of a man to be our Saviour. December must never, at least for the Christian, be just a season of secular celebration and Christmas baking. Christmas is about Jesus.

The big news is "Joy to the World the Lord is come. “

Merry Christmas!

                                                                       Pastors John and Donna Drisner