I did not intend to do a message today, but obviously I intended wrong. I will be short. It’s the day after Christmas 2021.
Yesterday, Christmas Day 2021, I was outside in my yard talking with a neighbor for a few moments. He said Christmas was a happy day for him, but he was already sad because tomorrow—now that is today—would come, and all the struggle and hurt and pain of life would return.
I was hurt a bit by his vision of Christmas, and more by how he saw life in the days after Christmas. I said to him, “If Christmas is any joy to you at all, then all the days thereafter should be to you even greater joy.”
Why is that? Because the birth of Christ was Only the Beginning of the life of a resurrected Christ that lives now in each of us. What does that mean for us?
In Luke 2:20, the bible tells us the shepherds who were told of Jesus’s birth returned happy after seeing Him. Scripture says it this way, “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told to them.”
You cannot really be happy and fulfilled unless you are full of praise and adoration for the Lord.
Today is the day after Christmas, and I am glad for our sakes because today marks the beginning of the rest of our lives that are now filled with the Life of Christ, who is a gift that will never grow old. He is a toy that will be new every time we touch it. He will be like a Christmas dinner and never like leftovers. He will be an old friend but new every day. He will be the same old job that feels like a new job each week.
So, don’t look at today and think Christmas is passed now for another year. The day itself is gone, but it is only the beginning of the rest of the days of what Christmas means to us.
God deposited praise and glory into your life yesterday. Let it work in your life so you can live each day now full of joy and happiness and peace with the things that are around you.
It’s only the beginning.
Live a Delivered Life. Love you.