Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If Christ Had Not Come

Larry and Gloria Lundstrom sent a beautiful Christmas card that noted they were celebrating their 50 years in ministry. They have been a wonderful witness of the gospel of salvation that have brought thousands of souls to Christ over that period. We have been their friends for many years.

Gloria wrote about a thought provoking Christmas card that was once published with the title “If Christ Had Not Come.” The story is told of a pastor falling into short deep sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.

In his dream, he found himself looking through his home but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort and to save. He walked out to the street but there was no church with its spire pointing toward heaven. He came in and sat down in his library but he realized that every book about the Savior had disappeared.

The doorbell rang and the messenger asked the preacher to visit his poor, dying mother. As he reached the home, he sat down and said, “I have something here that will comfort you.” He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise but it was empty. There was no Gospel verses, no promise of hope and salvation. He could only bow his head and weep in bitter despair. Two days later he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service. There was no message of hope, no mention of heaven and no consolation or comfort to share.

This little story gripped my heart and challenged me by the reality of how tragic life would be “without Christ.” Think of how different your life and my life would have been this past year if Christ had not come! When we receive bad news - a doctor’s fear-inducing report, the heartbreaking loss of a spouse, child, or sibling, the devastating loss of a job or financial breakdown, or the weight of a broken relationship. If Jesus had not come, how could we make it through the dark days of discouragement, loneliness, and tears? There would have been no hope, no joy, no answers, and nothing but a dismal future to look forward to...but….Christ has come!! He is the greatest Christmas gift of all!

“There is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

“I am come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)

“I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)