Many who celebrate Christmas today enjoy the festivities of the party but care nothing about really knowing the one for whom the party has begun.There is no room in our celebration for any serious contemplation. We wish for “peace on earth,” much like we wish on a star, hoping that it is possible, but believing in our hearts that it is really nothing but an empty wish.
The very reason there is no “peace on earth” today is because like the people of Jesus’ day, we have purposefully and willfully rejected the Prince of Peace.
On that first Christmas, Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus were just another anonymous family — faces in the crowd. With that in mind, I can understand the inn-keepers actions, but what I find incredulous is the multitude of people today who prefer to keep Jesus anonymous, who know his claims but refuse to face or acknowledge those claims.
I use to wonder how the pharisees of old could see and experience what they saw and experienced yet still choose to find reasons to explain it all away and crucify the Son of God.
Today the wonder is gone as I have observed men and women from all walks of life find convenient reasons to reject the son come to save us; people who would rather believe the myths made up in their own minds rather than accept the evidence of the eyewitnesses. No room then I can understand. No room now I cannot.