In The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, the land of Narnia was a frozen land that had not seen spring in hundreds of years. Mr. Tumnus, the faun who befriended Lucy, said it was “always winter but never Christmas”. What a picture of despair! Going through difficult times is worth it when you have the hope of something better to come. The nation of Israel had gone through hundreds of years of spiritual darkness leading up to that first Christmas morning. And then, hope was born. Light came into the darkness. Spring had come.

As we awoke this morning to a beautiful snow blanketing our home, the beauty beckoned the coming of Christmas. 2020 has been a difficult year. We have seen the affects of a hopeless world trying to navigate the difficulties of a fallen world. The reality is that though many in our culture find despair, as believers we bear such trials with hope in a God who loves us and is working all things together for His good. Christmas brings us hope because our hope is found in Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, and died on a cross to pay the price for our sin. Our hope is not in the present but in what was accomplished in Jesus and will ultimately be completed in His second coming. The manger, Christmas, is a magnificent picture of hope.

This may not be the Christmas we dreamed. But remember that Christmas is not about the parties, family, decorations, or food. Christmas is about God sending his son Jesus. That story of hope is exactly what our world needs right now. Many find themselves stuck in a winter where there is never Christmas. Use this Christmas season to be the light in the darkness. Share the hope of Jesus with those longing for something greater than this world of death. Be Christmas to them and show them that Spring has come.

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