What do we NEED for Christmas?
James Montgomery Boice, former pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, says:
“Suppose…that we should conduct an opinion poll to find out what men and women feel they most need. Suppose we should ask, ‘What do you feel are your greatest needs?’
‘Well,’ people would say, ‘we have minds. So we have a need to know things rightly, to understand. We need wisdom. We also have wills, and because we have wills, we want to achieve something. We want our lives to make a difference. To do that we need power. We are also individuals, but we sense that we are not meant to be alone. We want to belong somewhere. We need satisfying relationships. We are also conscious of having done wrong things. We need to be forgiven. We need somebody to deal with our guilt. Isn’t that what we would find if we should poll people and analyze their basic experiences? Aren’t those the things we really need?”
Whatever mess we find ourselves and the world in, Christmas is a reminder that God has not given up on us and on the world. Boice quotes from Isaiah 9:6, a prophecy from around 700 BC concerning the Christ we celebrate each Christmas:
“And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
To meet our deepest, most significant needs, this Christ is provided for us. Over the coming 4 days, I’ll be posting a brief, daily Christmas message (inspired by Boice’s framework) about each of these 4 names, and how they are “the greatest gifts that anybody can give or we can have, and they are all in Jesus.” They are better than anything under your tree (or lost in the supply chain until after Christmas) and were delivered over 2,000 years ago. Therefore, you can receive and open them at any time!