by Jason Perkins
What is the real wonder of Christmas?
First-centuries Jews expected the arrival of a messiah.
Scripture had recorded God’s promise to provide them with a Savior.
They believed that this messiah would be a political and military leader. He would save their culture by driving out the Roman Empire and making Israel a feared military power in the region once again. But when God orchestrated Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, he was up to something much bigger . . . and much more personal.
For many, the Christmas season is complicated.
It’s a reminder of broken relationships, unmet expectations, and missed loved ones.
But no matter your circumstances, Christmas can also be a reminder of the light that overcomes the darkness.