It’s always a challenge for me to preach during the Christmas season, not for lack of source material, but because I want my hearers to truly be inspired. You see, there is a numbing down of the Christmas Season, both in and out of the church. Commercialization, familiarity, and the hectic rush of it all can rob us of the joy that God intends for all. If you are bogged down in making your list or checking it twice, here are a few things you might consider adding to it.
First, meditate upon the Christmas story as it is presented in the Bible. No, not just the narrative of Christ’s birth popularly depicted in every Sunday School pageant, but the fullness of it…the prophecies, God’s Nature, our need, those who do not yet understand.
Secondly, take time to personally examine lines from some of the greatest Christmas hymns. “Come, Desire of nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home: Rise, the woman’s conquering seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head; Adam’s likeness now efface. Stamp Thine image in its place: Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in Thy love” (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing). “How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n. No ear may hear His coming; But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in” (O Little Town of Bethlehem). ”And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow, Look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing: O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing” (It Came Upon the Midnight Clear).
Finally, no matter how politically correct our culture becomes or how tradition laden the church appears, ask Christ to inspire you. He is Christmas. He is the Gift who keeps on giving.