Daily Dose, Dec. 29 — Sounds of the Season: Christmas Songs



Now the 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20) Not all Christmas gifts are alike. With some, their use and usefulness are obvious and immediately apparent. For others, it takes some time to figure out. Maybe you have to learn how to use it. Maybe you have to practice before you can really put it to use. Maybe it can do lots of different things, and it just takes time to discover all of those things. Jesus came as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, but he didn’t stay there. The gift of the baby born to Mary would grow into someone who would save the world. The manger isn’t the end of the story! As this year draws to a close, take a moment to pause and consider the WHOLE story. If you have some time off over the next few days, consider picking up one of the Gospels and reading it…the whole thing. Remind yourself of the whole story, the one that tells us that the baby born in the manger was the promised Messiah. He is the one sent from God to rescue people from their slavery to sin. He is the one who would heal infirmities and demonstrate a way to live that was filled with compassion, mercy and grace. He would suffer a death that he didn’t deserve, but he would prove that even death had no control over him. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace. He is the Son of God. If we believe this message, then we have work to do. Our work is to share the news that we believe. If we’ve received grace and forgiveness, we are to offer it to others…and tell them that it comes to all through Jesus. In a new year, how will YOU share this most important message with the world around you? “Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!” -- Rev. Brad Greene