Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 24, 2014

December 24, 2014 “Won’t You Guide My Sleigh Tonight?”

“The stone which the builders rejectedThis became the chief corner stone; This came about from the LordAnd it is marvelous in our eyes’ (Matthew 21:42)

“The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;  the darkness couldn’t put it out.” (John 1:5)

Good Morning Partners in Prayer!

The penultimate day has arrived… Christmas Eve. Many many stories have been told about Christmas Eve. In fact, fact, our very concept of the appearance of Santa is primarily derived from Clement Moore’s classic tale, “The Night Before Christmas”, the favorite of many a child and adult. Still another is  story that was spawned by a promotional booklet for Montgomery Ward, later to become a song known by millions of children and a perennial television special…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We all know the story of how on one particularly foggy Christmas Eve, Santa employed the heretofore rejected Rudolph to lead his sleigh team of reindeer through the dense fog by virtue of his quite out of the ordinary glowing red nose. Though previously mocked, scorned, and rejected by his fellow reindeer,  they now turned to him for the salvation of Christmas itself. Santa implores him, “Rudolph, with your nose so bright…won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

The spiritual parallels between this fanciful tale and the actual Christmas story abound. From ancient of days, the prophets foretold of the One who would come for the salvation of the world. Though he would be “despised and rejected of men”, it was foretold that he would, in fact, become “the chief corner stone” and “the light of the world”, a life-light that would blaze so gloriously that no darkness, not even the darkness of the great sin of his rejection by crucifixion could put it out. Like Rudolph, Jesus was mocked, scorned, ridiculed, and rejected. Like Rudolph, his light shown forth through the murkiest darkness and he was hailed as a Savior. Like Rudolph, the name of Jesus has gone down in history, spawning many songs, stories, works of art, and celebrations. But unlike Rudolph, Jesus Christ didn’t merely save Christmas…Jesus IS the embodiment of Christmas itself. As you celebrate this night, remember the reason why!

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Let’s pray!

Great is Your Name, O Blessed King of Kings! Like countless saints of old, we come to adore You and hail Your birth. Be born in us today. Cast out our sin and enter in, Mighty God. Lead us out of sin’s darkness by Your Most Holy Light. This we pray in Christ’s great and glorious Name. Amen!



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