“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney
This week, the vast majority of churches will make “the flip” [i.e. taking down Christmas staging and décor and putting it away]. Great services were had, and now it’s time to move on into whatever is next. However, in the rush to move ahead, hold on to Christmas. Not the décor, or the music, or the gifts – but the heart. The fact that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son – an actual part of Himself – into our world to wipe out everything that we have ever done wrong and to make it right. He came to redeem us. The first definition of redeem is “to
compensate for the faults or bad aspects of something.” We are the something.
At the same time, advance preparations for a different celebration are just beginning. Easter is coming. The second definition of redeem is to “gain or regain possession of something in exchange for payment.” Again, we’re the something. He is the One who payed. We are His – forever. Don’t lose that realization as the ornaments go back in the box.