In the First Reading, God told Nathan to enumerate to David what God has done for him. Likewise, Zechariah also spoke of what God has done for Israel. Both had a realization that God is the only One who does things for his people. We may think we want to do something for God, but the truth is, God does things for us. The reason is simple: He is the God who loves us and it is in the nature of love to go beyond ones’ self to give to the other.
Christmas is the manifestation of this love of God, not only in his works nor in the words spoken by prophets. It is the manifestation of God’s love in his Word, Jesus Christ, who is the house God built for David. He is the offspring of David whose kingdom God will establish and his throne will be established forever. God did all these, not because of anything David did, but because of God’s love for him.
In the same way, Zechariah blessed God who has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David. Zechariah knows God is the One who saves them and fulfills his promise to David. Their enemies are defeated not through force of a revolution, but through the power of God. God will do this because of his promise to Abraham, for one purpose: that we may serve him without fear, all the days of our lives. Governments have locked down countries in the hope of containing the virus. In this days of modernism, man thinks the vaccine is the silver bullet to solve the problem. But the ultimate knowledge for the creation of the vaccine rests in God alone!
This year’s Christmas celebration can be compared to the first Christmas. When Jesus was born, there was no room at the inn. No one wanted to receive him. Even now, in this time of pandemic, we refuse to repent and come to the Lord and recognize the many things he has done for us. We refused the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of sins. We pray for an end to the pandemic, but we have forgotten to repent of our sins and turn to God. We have made God our slave, instead of the Lord, commanding him to do something for us, just because we say so. While it is true, by the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace, there is a condition: we need to know salvation by the forgiveness of sins. We can only be saved, when we repent. Unless we repent, we can call on God to do something for us, and he will not hear.
Tomorrow is Christmas. It is not about a fictitious character called Santa Claus whom medical officers have allowed to visit our homes, while prohibiting people from worshiping God. It is about the Word of God who became man to call us to worship God without fear, in Spirit and Truth. This he does, without the permission of any government official. This is only possible when we turn back to God and open our hearts and let him into our lives.
Lord, here I am. I struggle with my sins. Yet, I know, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation. My salvation and protection is in you alone. Enter my life O God as I surrender it to you. Come Lord Jesus, and give light to the darkness of my heart.