The Long View

Jeff Munroe

READ : 2 Corinthians 5

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. (v. 17)


As I’m sure you realize, today is a holiday. But in the church it’s not the holiday you might think it is. The church doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve. (The church’s “New Year’s Eve” was December 1 this year, the night before Advent.) I’m talking about a “holiday” in the original sense of the word—a holy day. In the church’s calendar it is still Christmas, and today is made holy because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Christmas lasts 12 days, until Epiphany (January 6).


Why not take 12 days to celebrate our salvation? I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in a sort of stupor by the end of Christmas Day. I’ve stayed up late the night before, eaten too much, engaged in too much self-indulgence opening presents. I feel sort of in a fog by the end of the day. Why do that to yourself? There is another way. What I’ve tried to do over this month is take a longer view of Christmas, one that starts with the patient expectation and rhythmic waiting of Advent and then takes its time as it celebrates the actual birth of our Savior.


“If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation,” Paul tells the Corinthians. “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” That kind of news deserves a celebration that lasts and lasts.


Thanks be to you for the gift of your Son.