Chicken Little is a folk tale about a chicken who believes that the sky is falling and the world is coming to an end. In the story, Chicken Little passionately convinces her friends she meets on her journey that her belief is true. As a result, they join in on her journey to warn others.
For those of us who hold fast to the teachings of Scripture, we know that one day this world will end. Even for those who don’t hold to a biblical world view, it is rather easy to surmise that our world is heading down a dead end road. Wars, terrorism, the economic thin ice on which we live, all play a role in a future that doesn’t hold much hope.
Oh, but there is hope! And the message of Christmas is all about that hope. What once seemed impossible was made possible by the coming of a baby into this broken world. God gave us a gift in a Son, a Son that would make all things new. And in that gift came life instead of death, light that dispelled the darkness, and hope that overcame fear and doubt. What was made possible, you ask? Redemption! Reconciliation between God and man. What sin separated, Jesus brought together, for all who would believe in Him.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” -John 3:16-17
The evening news will lead us to believe that our world is in dire shape. And it most likely is. Events seem to be hastening the eventual return of our Savior, a time when all things will be made right and justice will prevail. But until that time, we live with the hope that Jesus brought over 2000 years ago in that tiny manger in the town of Bethlehem. A hope that will withstand any threat, any disaster, or any doubts this world uses to try and defeat it. For those of us who believe, that hope is Christmas. And it is fulfilled in an Easter resurrection.
Do you believe? I pray that this Christmas is a time when you look into that manger and fix your eyes on the Child inside, believing that He is our eternal hope. Because for those of us who do believe, the sky will never fall. But it will open up to reveal His return one day. And that’s our hope! Merry Christmas!
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