One of my favorite Christmas songs begins “Tears are falling hearts are breaking. How we need to hear from God”
I like that song because it reminds me that Christmas is not about smiley happy families gathered round artfully decorated trees sipping hot cocoa, sharing melodious laughter while snow falls on a picture-perfect house.
Christmas is about the total depravity of man.
God looked down on us lost in our sin, hopeless to do anything more than cry over our messed up lives and shattered dreams.
But God, who is rich in mercy, chose not to leave us broken down on the side of the road. He sent His Son, perfect in every way, to show us the way to peace. The first Christmas gift was a sacrifice on a rugged cross.
Christmas exists not because there is goodness in every human heart, but because there is wickedness in every human heart. Which makes us desperately in need a Savior.
Hallelujah! Glory to the newborn king!
We need a good dose of Christmas spirit. A broken spirit and a contrite heart, grateful for the dawn of redeeming grace in a manger.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10