The Day After

549462812_tp“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

There is a large wooden box in my basement. In the box are numerous toys piled about two feet in depth. There are little animals, wild and domestic, hundreds of soldiers from various armies and wars mixed in with cars and trucks, blocks and balls. My little grandson finds it quite enjoyable to sort through the plethora of toys. It is interesting to me as well, finding old treasures. There are wooden blocks my father played with as a child, making them over three-quarters of a century old. Many of my toys are there with a half century on them. The rest would belong to my son from a quarter century past. Just the other day, I found a plastic bear from a set of wild animals my brother gifted me with at Christmas when I was four years old. Also, I found two tiny horses with cowboys still attached that came from a bag of cowboys and Indians that were in my stocking on my sixth Christmas. I took a minute to sit there, holding these finds in my adult hands and sweetly reminiscing.

Do you remember the weeks leading up to Christmas as a kid? Especially that last week with the excitement and anticipation just bursting when the holiday itself finally arrived? And the pure joy of opening all your presents? Do you also remember, even if you got everything you wanted, the day after Christmas? It could be a bit of a downer. Yes, the new toys were fun, the new record album great to listen to, the new book intoxicating, the new clothes looked great, but still, the BIG day was passed; it would be a whole year till the next one.

Where are those toys now? Gone? Maybe there are a few remnants in a wooden box in the basement. What of the record albums; the books; the clothes from some part of a century ago? What have we to hold the day after Christmas that will not eventually be gone? There is but one gift, one present given to us that lasts forever – the gift of God’s dear Son. If we miss that, if we do not receive and open that, we have nothing.

The Bible tells us that “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18) After Adam, every person ever born has been under condemnation. The first Christmas was our just and loving God’s solution to save us from our hopeless state. Immanuel (God with us) was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified unto death on a cross in our place, rose bodily from the grave, ascended to the right hand of God, sent the Holy Spirit to whosoever receives Him, and makes intercession to the Heavenly Father on the believer’s behalf. He is the resurrection and the life to all who believe and place their trust in Him. (John 11:25-27)

It is the day after Christmas. What do you have – the only thing that matters – or nothing?

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