December 26th. The day after Christmas. Do you feel a sense of relief? A sense of sadness? Glad it’s over or sorry the 25th has come and gone?
We build up certain days in our heads and apply huge expectations to them. Our wedding day. A big number birthday. The first day of our new career. Christmas Day.
And sometimes the let down doesn’t come for a few days – or weeks. Jesus may be front and center in your life today, the day after Christmas. And Christians can often carry that feeling into the holy season of Easter. But what about May 16th? June 4th? August 19th? Does Jesus still have the prominent place in your life or has He been pushed aside to “the day after” status?
If you don’t have that Christmas feeling all year, don’t blame Jesus. Jesus makes a wonderful promise to us found at the end of the gospel of Matthew: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Surely Jesus is with us always. He doesn’t just show up on December 25th, but He’s with us every minute of every day, every year. But we must pursue Jesus, not put Him in a box of Christmas ornaments only to be seen once a year.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” (James 4:8) Today, Christmas Day, every day.