Yesterday the manger was filled. Today the Angels have returned to the Father, their song only reverberating in nature and the minds of men. The Shepherds have returned to their flock and the Wise Men won’t meet Jesus for another two years. Mary and Joseph have a new baby, and yes He’s the Lord of All, but to the people around them, Jesus is just another addendum to Caesar’s Census.
Yesterday we opened presents and celebrated Jesus’ birth. Today it’s back to business for most people. After Christmas sales are up and people are running for the things they didn’t get or are already starting on their supply for next year. Today, Christmas is just another holiday over and on to the next one. Now it’s a race to the coming New Year and all the ways people want to be better in it.
…He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.Genesis 3:15
As we focus on all that’s to come, I want to remind us all to not forget the promise that the filled manger made possible. The promise given to us from almost the beginning of time, the promise of a Savior Who would come to put a heel on sin and death. Jesus Who was placed in the manger yesterday fulfilled the Father’s promise to bring us redemption and a new life. It was He Who has made it possible to look forward to a life beyond death, beyond guilt, and beyond shame. It was He Whose actions have given us another choice apart from the slavery of sin. We seem to forget that until Easter comes around.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.John 3:17
In today’s reality, Jesus is no longer in the manger or on the cross or in the tomb. Today He is still seated at the right hand of the Father. He is as close to us as a word, and the promises we have in Him are just as valid today as they were yesterday and will be just as valid tomorrow as they are today.
This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.Acts 2:39