— by Mark Avery, General Manager and Editor, Herald and Banner Press, from his December editorial.
Christmas! The word rings with excitement and anticipation. Celebrations are planned and families gather. Churches present cantatas, dramas, and programs to highlight the great event of Jesus’ birth.
Many of our celebration activities reflect the celebration of the first Christmas. The emphasis on angels, the singing of carols, and gift-giving remind us of the day Jesus was born.
Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem just in time, yet precisely on time. No rooms available did not present a problem or even a surprise to the Almighty. The birth, the angels, the shepherds were only the beginning. The infant grew. He ministered. He did not forget His purpose. The Son of man, who was also the Son of God, came to seek and to save the lost.