Christmas Time Should Be Revival Time 

     "Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in you?"

     There is always so much joy and rejoicing in God's love and mercy at Christmas, that I am inclined to think of Christmas as a time of revival. This is such a natural feeling with me. Over the years I have helped create Nativity Scenes in action. Angels singing! Shepherds in wonderment leaving their flocks! Kings (wise men) traveling great distances to honor a New King! Why should this not be a time of revival and a rededication of our lives to Him who was born to die?

     The Children of Israel had recently returned from the land of Babylonia where they had been held captive for many years. From the above Psalm, it is evident that they were repentant of their sins eager for assurance that Jehovah God would "remember their sins no more". Of course true forgiveness would not be forth coming until Christ had redeemed them with His blood on Calvary's cross. But God has always been merciful and gave that the assurance they sought.

     There is a sense in which The Christmas Season is a time of revival and an eager looking forward to the joy of God's salvation. It is true that repentance cannot be turned on and off according to the season. Yet it is true that certain seasons can be devoted to serious introspection which normally leads to repentance. The writer of the above Psalm had come to such a season, a time when they pondered their transgressions, and longed for the reassurance of God's love.

     So, now, in this age of grace, we in the approaching Christmas Season, it is proper that we turn our thoughts to revival, to our blemished record of the past year. We all are individually unworthy of God's "unspeakable Gift", the anniversary of whose birth we will soon celebrate. Repentance and faith are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they go together. By the gracious operation of God's Holy Spirit repentance leads to faith -- and faith to joy. Joy in the great salvation our Lord and Savior has wrought. As we look forward to a renewed remembrance of that Holy Night, when Christ was born, we can bring repentant, believing and joyful hearts to the Infant King and worship Him in true devotion.

     Let us look forward to the coming days both as advent time and as revival time -- preparing our hearts for Christmas, and we will be led to faith and faith will lead to joy unspeakable.                          

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.





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