"God rest ye merry Gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our Savior was born on upon this day, to save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray."
As I sat at the table cutting out felt scarves for the snowman craft at the kids "holiday party" and making reindeer donuts for the snack. I listened to my Christmas playlist. Song after song reminding me that this isn't a season of snowmen or reindeer or holiday parties. This is the season when Christ was born.
He was born in time of darkness, a time of oppression for God's chosen people. A time when they wanted to know where God was and why he had been so silent for so long. Nearly 400 hundred years passed between the last prophet from the Old Testament and the birth of Jesus. 400 years. That's a long time. They wanted, they needed someone to deliver them. Just as we do today.
Jesus wasn't welcomed into this world as a king should be with the sound of trumpets and celebration. But in a dark and dirty place. In a time of trouble. From the very beginning people wanted to silence him. Herod tried and he failed. The Jewish leaders tried, they failed too. Still today, people try to silence Jesus. They try to hide him in a dark and dirty place but it doesn't work.
That's why he came. He came to save us from Satan's power. He came to save us from the darkness he was very purposefully born into. Darkness that he has defeated, he continues to defeat and he always will defeat. He came as a baby in the darkness of night and sin to redeem us all. This baby boy has the power to save us all.
Remember this Christmas exactly why it was that Jesus came, and rejoice. Rejoice in the light that shines through the darkness.