As we head into another December, life seems to go up a
gear. Work and school break-ups, get-togethers with friends, endless texts and
emails to organise family get-togethers, shopping centres where car parking
becomes a premium.
I wonder what Bethlehem was like 2000 years ago. Caesar
Augustus had issued an order that a census should be taken of the entire Roman
world, so everyone was heading back to their home town to register. Bethlehem became a hive of activity with
people running around organising this and that, finding food and mattresses and
space for all the visitors in town. Many people were so distracted that they
missed the greatest gift given to the world. They missed a baby being born in a
stable. A baby who would go on to change the world.
I am reminded of Isaiah’s words:
For unto us a Child
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 6:9)
Don’t miss the most important Gift this Christmas.