Just before midnight, the last night between November and December, the Christmas spirit washed over me. My inner child raised her head and smiled. “I know what I want to do when I grow up!” she said.
“I want to cook and bake for Santa at the North Pole. My specialties will be gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, and cutout butter cookies.
I also want to build a greenhouse and hydroponic garden to grow lots of fruit and vegetables for Santa and the elves to offset their cookies and hot chocolate.”
Ah, the magic of Christmas!
Beyond fantasy, though, there is a REAL MAGIC to Christmas.
Christmas is like a grain of wheat with different layers. In “The Anatomy of a Wheat Grain” by kretschmer.com we are given a description of these layers. I’d like to apply it to Christmas.
A wheat grain has three layers: bran, endosperm, and germ.
Bran: “Wheat bran is the skin of the grain. Although very beneficial as a fiber source, it is not used in ordinary refined flour.” This might compare to going to church and attending various church activities. Church attendance does not necessarily equate with knowing and having a relationship with God. (see below)
Endosperm: “This larger section comprises about 83 percent of the grain and contains most of the wheat’s starch.” This might apply to the current culture surrounding Christmas: Santa Claus, cookies, feasting, lights, jingle bells, etc.
Germ: This ‘good germ’ is just 2.5 percent of the total grain and is the embryo or center of life for new wheat sprouts.” The Magic of Christmas lies here, and John the Baptist recognized it.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
“And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34
Jesus wants us to be sure to recognize that only He can supply Life.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, thou he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…” John 11:25, 26.
Christmas can be fun with gingerbread men, colorful lights, holiday music, delicious food, and stories of Santa. Celebrating with those of like-faith, family, and friends is joyful and uplifting. It is the “germ”, though, that gives life. Without Life, the rest is—well—not life.
Jesus met John the Baptist where he was at, “in Bethabara beyond Jordan where John was baptizing.”
Jesus met me on a summer’s Sunday night just before my thirteenth birthday.
Jesus is ready to meet you now.
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9, 10
With Jesus comes forgiveness.
With Jesus comes a new life.
With Jesus comes love, joy, hope, and peace.
With Jesus, His Presence permeates all of the layers and activities of our lives.
This Magic never fades or slips away.
This Magic is eternal.
The REAL MAGIC of Christmas—of every day—is a personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S SON.
GOOD MORNING GOD–a collection of scriptures to begin your day. Feel free to download the pamphlet for your use and to share.
Therese Marszalek Ministries–Bringing Hope and Healing for Today www.theresemarszalek.com
Gateway Church, Pastor Adam Fox–Pointing the Way to Jesus–www.gatewayspokane.org