48 Days Until Christmas!
As I am writing this post, the presidential election is still up in the air. There is no clear cut winner and there is a lot of trepidation, fear, panic, worry, and whatever other negative adjective you can come up with. I have to admit, I was glued to the updates all night. First thing Wednesday morning, I was looking to see what had changed in the six hours I was asleep (nothing had changed). I had several texts, calls, and messages from people that morning and every conversation drifted to the election. It is all we could think about.
That first Christmas was very focused on the government, too. A decree went out from Caesar to the entire Roman world to report to your hometown to register for a census. They were going to be raising taxes and wanted to know how much to expect. So everyone was traveling to find their way back home.
I am sure every conversation centered around that topic, too. “Did you hear how far Jim had to travel?” “Did you know they are going to raise taxes by 1.5%?” “Do you think I can file an extension on my taxes? Times have been tough!”
Yet, the most significant event happening that first Christmas was not in the government, but in a stable; a front porch, a cave. We are not exactly sure where Mary and Joseph stayed but they were not in ideal accommodations. Mary and Joseph were having their first child, a baby who would be called, “Jesus.”
What can you tell me that still has impact today from the first century Roman government? Probably not much…probably nothing in fact. 2,000 years from now, no one will be discussing Donald Trump and Joe Biden. No one will be talking about the 2020 election of the United States President. But, if this world still exists 2,000 years from now, one thing will remain true: Jesus will still be King. Jesus will still be the most significant thing that can happen to your life. Jesus will still be the good news of great joy for all the people. However you are feeling after the election, remember: Jesus is King.