“Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. “
I once had a horrific dream. In the dream, I was speeding down a highway, the police were chasing me, and I was driving a really fancy, expensive car. As I changed gears and accelerated, the view in my rear view mirror looked dismal. Twelve cop cars with flashing lights were barreling down on me. At this moment in my dream, I realized I’d stolen a car. Panic filled my heart. Why would I do such a thing? I was a pastor of a church! I glanced in the seat next to me and saw bags filled with $100.00 bills – more money than I’d ever seen. I was a bank robber too?
Suddenly, the 5:00 a.m. blare whistled in my ear. My body jolted forward, and my eyes opened to familiar surroundings – my bedroom. My wife slept beside me, and all was right with the world. Wiping the sweat from my forehead, I accepted the relief. I wasn’t a bank robber, and I hadn’t stolen a fancy car. What a dream!
Today is Christmas morning. My heart smiles. And I remember my dream.
As my feet slowly find the floor, I choose to think of Christ. He came to save us from the grip of sin and death. I almost laugh out loud remembering my dream. Remembering the crippling fear of being caught; of realizing my mistake; of dealing with the enormity of what I had done. Then I remembered Scripture.
1 John 1:7-9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Colossians 1:13-14, “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Today, we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Christmas is an awakening. A rebirth. A new direction. Like awakening from my nightmare, the realization that I was free from the police; free from the sin in my dream; free from imprisonment; so it is when we turn to Christ and become new creations in Him.
How grateful I am that “Christ the Savior was born.” Celebrate today the joy of the significance of Christmas.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
My dream; it is more than a dream. It clearly illustrates a truism in our lives. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Merry Christmas to all of you as you recall this truth: Christ came to give us life, to forgive, to heal! Praise God for giving us a fresh start each and every day through Christ!