And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:10-11
The teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes says nothing ever changes. Everything remains the same. What has happened before will happen again. There is no change.
When we look at the world around us, the political rhetoric, wars, social injustices and unrest, we see that he is right. In our country, the year 2020 in some ways looks like 1918 and the 1960s. In some ways, it looks not much different than it did four years ago. Even with the natural disasters, the hurricanes and wildfires, it looks a lot like last year.
Nothing has ever changed. Any attempt to change is truly unattainable. It is a cyclical pattern. The sun rises. The sun sets. Season change. Life gives way to death. One sin is traded in for another.
With change that we see and live through as only a cyclical pattern, we can easily lose hope. Darkness can set in all around us. What we need is a true change that can break this vicious cycle.
Enter the Angel of the Lord and the whole of Heaven’s angelic army. There on a pitch dark hillside with sheep sleeping, the shepherds who were trying to stay warm around the crackling fire saw the first glimmer of hope. Real change is in the Christmas air. “Fear not” the Gospel news that this night, the baby, the Son of the Most High, is born.
We want change. We need change. As we go to bed tonight, perhaps with sugarplums dancing in our heads, let us remember that real change is here. Christ the Savior is born.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the birth Jesus. Amen.
Contributed by Pastor Andrew Bartholomew