12/16/09

Beyond 'Ho, Ho, Ho'

One of the delightful sounds of the season in secular Christmas is jolly St. Nick’s “Ho, Ho, Ho.” Wikipedia says Canada Post uses the characters HOH OHO as part of the postal code for letters to be sent to Santa. The corpulent Santa’s "Ho, Ho, Ho" sometimes frightens small children — and a kindler, gentler "Ha, Ha, Ha" has been recommended — but the loud "belly laugh" always makes me smile. (Others laugh with a "Ho, Ho, Ho," including the Jolly Green Giant and Jabba the Hutt. But I digress.)

The laughter of the Christmas season isn’t relegated only to red-suited Santas. The joy of children on Christmas morning and the laughter that accompanies Christmas caroling are just two of the many opportunities for side-splitting laughter. And why not laugh? Doesn’t this holiday celebrate the most joyous day of the year? The Savior was born!

All of nature groans under the curse and burden of sin, but on that hallowed night, true joy was born into the world. One of our carols, “Joy to the World,” encourages rejoicing with the words, “Let heaven and nature sing.” Because of Jesus’ birth, hope for joy entered the world. Jesus came “to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”

How can we know that joy and blessing? The first line of “Joy to the World” tells us: “Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room.” It’s a choice. We either prepare a place in our hearts for the King of Kings, or like the innkeeper in Luke 2:7, we say there is no room. He wants to dwell in our hearts, but also to change them. I pray that you know Jesus; and if you do, that you will always give Him free access to your heart.

If you do not know the Savior, these scriptures will help you understand who Jesus is, why He came, and how you can receive His free gift of salvation:
• Man’s Problem is separation from God, because man is sinful, and God is holy (Isaiah 59:2; Habakkuk 1:13a; Romans 3:23).
• Man deserves spiritual death, which is not only separation from God now, but separation forever in hell (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:23).
• God desires to give us eternal life with Him in heaven (John 17:3).
• Our good works are not sufficient to bring us into a right relationship with God (Romans 3:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 4:4-5).
• God demonstrated His love through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus, on our behalf (Acts 16:31; Romans 4:25; 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:18).
• We must receive God’s Son, Jesus, to receive eternal life (John 1:12; John 3:16-18, 36). God adopts us into His family (1 John 3:1-3; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:3-8; Galatians 4:6-7; Romans 8:17)

Evangelist John R. Rice once said, " You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell him you have received His Christmas gift." I hope you have.

If you have any questions, I’d love to help you find joy in Jesus that lasts eternally longer than a simple HO, HO, HO.

1 comment:

Marja said...

Great post Dawn, thank you very much! Each year I make my own Christmas greetingcards, and this year the theme is JOY!!