Bringing the Gardener to Christmas
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the details of the Christmas story; animals, wise men and no vacancy signs - all important in their own ways. Often we get so focused on Emanuel (God With Us), we forget the mutiny of sin, the willing Son sent to die, the Father's daring grand gesture and, the death and resurrection of the matter, all to, (you guessed it) be with us once again.
Adam and Eve fellowshiped with God in the Garden. In the cool of the evening God himself would walk with them. When sin destroyed this incredible bond, God made provision for us to draw near again. G.K. Chesterton wrote, "On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn."
By the victory of Christ we have been given a way to draw near to God again. Ask Him today to make himself real to you. He wants to walk through life with you.
How fitting that we center our celebrations around a tree at Christmas - a visual reminder of the Garden He will restore once again. Until then He wants to walk with you through the realness of your life. Ask him to today.