The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Can you imagine a Christmas without Christ? For me its totally unthinkable. Without Christ Christmas just turns into some kind of humbug. All we have left is parties, and shopping, and preparing, and oh yeah; the bills. No wonder this time of the year is filled with binge drinking, overdosing, suicidal behavior, and horrible depression. For those who have tasted Christ we have found a whole other way to celebrate this Christmas season. Christ has come and we are forgiven. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. That same passion that brought Him to the earth in a manger over 2000 years ago is still smoldering in His heart. Now it smolders in our hearts to. This Christmas leave out the humbug. Look around your little world, Christ is reaching out through you to hurting, broken lives. Here is how John Piper describes this Christmas mission.
“The word advent means “coming.” In this season of the year, we focus on the meaning of the coming of the Son of God into the world. And the spirit of our celebration should be the spirit in which he came. And the spirit of that coming is summed up in Luke 19:10: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. “The coming of Jesus was a search-and-save mission. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. So Advent is a season for thinking about the mission of God to seek and to save lost people from the wrath to come. God raised him from the dead, “Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come”. It’s a season for cherishing and worshiping this characteristic of God—that he is a searching and saving God, that he is a God on a mission, that he is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is never in the maintenance mode, coasting or drifting. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving. That’s the meaning of Advent.”
So let the fire burn on the hearth of your heart. As it goes from smoldering coals to a powerful flame, let this fire for God become a fire of passion for hurting people. Remember your years of humbug before Christ found you? Remember the misery of Christmas past and reach out to the the miserable that are trudging through this Christmas season? No more humbug for us, Christ has come to seek and save the lost.