The celebration of Christmas is wonderful. We gather, we thank God for his gifts, we exchange gifts ourselves, we see friends and family for the first time in many months, there is an exuberance in the atmosphere that fills our lives with enthusiasm and joy and then finally…IT IS OVER! While we thank God for Christmas and all that it involves, there is always a sense of relief when we get back to our normal routine. But we must be careful.
When considering all the above-mentioned events and factors, we must not forget that there is something behind them that caused them! The Christ child. The Christ child is now behind us but the real power of Christmas must be factored into our lives. Jesus Christ is with us, not as a child but as the awesome God-man and this must not be taken for granted. The babe of Bethlehem has been given birth, nursed, coaxed and lovingly cajoled into effectiveness but we must clearly remember that the baby Jesus did not save the world. The adult Christ did and does! Our task is to turn the baby Jesus into the adult Christ in our lives. We need to do that by our faithfulness and how we live.
Christmas is behind us. The New Year begins. We walk into it with calm confidence and optimism but those two qualities are valid only if our relationship with our Savior is mature, intelligent and driven by our faith in his revelation.