December 8th, the day after

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Seventy three years ago yesterday God changed everything, everywhere. The day after is not remembered with the same clarity as the day it all happened. December 7th, September 11th are dates burned into our minds and hearts. December 8th and September 12th, not so much. On these days after reality set in. Lives were altered all over the planet. Life was now different, it would never be the same.

However, the most important day after, from a human perspective, is the day after the birth of Christ. After December 7th and September 11th everything was uncertain. But unlike these two dates the day after the advent meant that everything was now certain and sure. God had fulfilled his promise to Eve!

The day that Jesus was born is a day of hope—hope for people who are mired in sin, selfish preoccupation and self-importance.

There are days when God changes everything. He does this so we will know that true life comes to us only when we come to know Christ. In this sense, the advent of Christ—along with his resurrection— is what truly matters above all others.

This is the story of history. The day after Christmas is about Christ! Teach this story to your children. Over 2,000 years ago, God acted to remove doubt that sin would rule forever in the hearts of men. Tell the story of the Advent of Jesus Christ to your children as the angels told it:

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:13-14

Peace comes not through the actions of men, but from the redemptive love of God. It is, indeed, good news!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.