“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:28-40
It seems every year that Christmas comes around it gets more and more commercialized. Even in countries where the majority of the people say they are Christians, the Christmas season has become more about shopping than it is about worship. There is so much pressure to buy gifts and plan big elaborate Christmas parties makes it ever more difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. God’s only Son, the Savior of the World.
But also every Christmas season you will hear the gospel coming from surprising places, in fact from the very places that so commercialize Christmas, the shopping malls. Whenever you hear “Joy to the World! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King” ringing out from public address systems, you might think of the words Jesus once said to the Pharisees who told Him to silence the crowds who were praising Him. “If they keep quiet,” Jesus said, “the stones will cry out.”
At Christmas we hear those stones crying out. Even people who are spiritually dead can be heard singing carols written by Christians who are now long dead, reminding all of us that no matter how hard people try to quiet down the real message of Christmas, they will never truly succeed.
Despite the commercialism that threatens to muffle the message of Christ’s birth, God will make His good news known as “far as the curse is found.”
Keeping Christ out of Christmas is as futile as holding back the ocean’s tide.