Monday, December 24, 2012
The Testimony is True
John 21:24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Sometimes when we read the gospel accounts of Jesus they may seem far removed from us. What are these stories? Are they just that -- stories? No, they are first-hand accounts of what these people encountered when they met Jesus Christ. The gospel writers had to pick and choose what they would put down in writing. The story of Christ's coming and life here on earth was so amazing that there was no way it could all be written!
It's Christmas Eve and I love this night of celebration. Growing up as a child in Germany, Christmas Eve was my very favorite day of the year. I will always remember going to church and singing carols by candlelight. We truly did sing with candles. The youth group would work to put together the candles for that evening using plaster of paris for a base. Stuck into the plaster of paris was a red candle and a sprig of evergreen. As we gathered to worship that evening everyone would grab one of these candles and as the service progressed they would be lit one by one throughout the sanctuary until the place was a glow with those worshiping the newborn king. I had favorite songs like, "Oh Du Fröliche…" and "Stille Nacht." The presence of Jesus was very real for me, a little girl, getting to worship with my parents, brothers and beloved extended family.
It is a joy for me to testify to what I experienced so many years ago, but that is not the end of the story. The story continues in our lives today as we become the living testimony of the good news of Jesus Christ. The testimony is true. Jesus did come! Go now, and share the good news.
May my life be a living testimony to you, Lord. Thank you for the birth of your Son. Amen.