“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which
means, God with us).
It happened Christmas Eve in 2008, in Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Leigh Bishop is a psychiatrist and military reservist was stationed there at that airfield.
In the dim light of dusk, he watched as a procession of military vehicles approached the airfield. They came to a stop, and they carefully loaded a flag-draped steel casket. He knew that somewhere in the United States, a family was going to suffer a Christmas
homecoming that no one wanted. It was a heartbreaking scene for Bishop to take in, and one all too familiar in war.
In an article for
Christianity Today magazine entitled "Christmas in Afghanistan," Leigh Bishop wrote these words. He said:
After watching the casket unloaded from the military vehicle, I find myself walking along the main avenue of Bagram Airfield. All is different.
Soldiers holding candles are belting out Christmas carols with gusto. Down the street, luminaries brighten the walkway into a clamshell-shaped auditorium, where cheerful groups of uniformed men and women enter for a Christmas concert. Two blocks away, the
chapel is filled for the six o'clock Christmas service.
And then he writes these words:
Jesus did not come just to provide an occasion to sing carols, to feast, and to exchange gifts. But we are right to do these things, even
as soldiers die and families grieve, because Jesus came. And in His coming, He brought joy and peace—the joy that overcomes our sorrows and the only kind of peace that ultimately matters. It's His peace of which the end of all wars, terrible as they are,
is merely one token. It's the peace that means the long war between the heart and its maker is over. It's a peace treaty offered in Bethlehem and signed, in blood, on Calvary.
Jesus came to accomplish God's mission of bringing you and me to God and bringing us His peace. We sing the song "Silent Night, Holy Night," and I wonder if that
night in Bethlehem truly was silent. I have a feeling it wasn't all that silent a night. But dear friend, I want you to know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, it was a holy night. It was a holy night because God took that night to make the way for unholy people
like me and like you to be made right with God. And He did it through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.
Please don’t miss the Christ of Christmas. Do you know Jesus? Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior? Have you asked Him to come into your heart and to be your
peace? He wants to come in today. He wants to change your life.
If you have never truly given your life to Christ you can today,
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised
him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 12/24/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under