Countdown to Christmas – Day 24 and 25

December 25, 2019 Mike Bradley 0 Comments

“If I say, ‘surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for the darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:11, 12

“I form light and I create darkness” – Isaiah 45:7

“And while they were there the time came for her to give birth.” – Luke 2:6

#24 and #25 – He is the Lord of Day and Night

During our Advent journey we have learned that Christmas reveals many things about our God.  He was behind every detail of that blessed event!  The crazy circumstances and timing was all designed with a reason and a purpose.  I hope that one thing for sure has become obvious to you…that our God is Sovereign and working in this world around us.  In the good times of life and in the challenging times as well.  He is the unrivaled Lord of heaven and earth and He is “with us”, Emmanuel.  Yes, He is the Lord of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Yes, God  is with us as the sun rises this morning and we celebrate by sharing a “Merry Christmas” with one another, but He was with us all last night after the sun had set and darkness enveloped the earth and we were still waiting for the moment to come.  

God is the Lord of the night and the day.

God was there in the darkness of a stable when Mary went into labor to deliver her first born son.  I’m sure it was painful and  scary before she experienced the pleasure of being a new mother.  I’m sure that Joseph felt hopeless as he looked around for some way to ease the suffering of his new wife.  But, God was there.  He was Lord of Christmas Eve…during the darkest part of the night…when things got intense and seemed to be falling apart.  That was also part of the plan to bring the Messiah into the world

We sometimes forget that much of the Christmas story happened at night.  The shepherds cowered in fear on a dark Bethlehem hillside before they ran through the streets rejoicing and proclaiming the good news.  The wise men spent many nights traveling the dangerous roads through the middle east chasing a star to an unknown location. 

God is the Lord of the night and the day

It is usually in the dark that we find it hard to trust God.  Once the day has dawned it is easier to celebrate and see His faithful and compassionate hand.  But, Christmas should teach us that God is with us in the darkest moments as well.  He is there in the tunnel with you before you see the light at the end.  When you can’t understand why there is so much pain…He is there.  When you aren’t sure if you can make it through the night until morning.  He is there…God is with you.  He loves you just as much during the darkness of Christmas Eve as He does in the light of Christmas day. 

So have a merry Christmas today!  The Savior has been born to remind us that “God is with us” and that He has been with us and that He will continue to be with us…day and night.  May God bless you and your family this Christmas.