Christmas Goose



Christmas Goose

Every December the crisp, frigid air and winter stillness over southeastern Pennsylvania gets momentarily interrupted by a small flock of geese. Long gone are their goosy brethren who had traveled the route months earlier in a populous “V” formation. (This brings to mind the old joke, “When geese travel in a “V”, why is one side always longer than the other? Answer: It has more birds in it!).

I would imagine it’s harder for these intrepid fowl, since they have to take more frequent turns at the front to break the wind. I suspect there are fewer updrafts and probably less food along the way. But I’ve never seen a goose formation plummet out of the sky due to fatigue or hypothermia so I assume they eventually reach their destination. It’s not too late for them.

Some people never make the trip because they think it’s too late. They say, “I’ve made too many mistakes,” or “I could never be forgiven,” or “If there is a God, He doesn’t love me—if He did, I wouldn’t be in the shape I’m in.”

It’s not too late.

Once there were two thieves, scoundrels who found themselves somehow hanging on crosses next to Jesus. One took the opportunity to believe and he was forgiven of everything he had ever done! Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

The world was a mess in the time between the book of Malachi and the birth of Jesus. For four hundred years it appears that God didn’t have a lot to say to the people of Israel. They prayed for a deliverer, a mighty king, someone who would squash their enemies once and for all. But God had a different plan—he would send a Savior, his Son, a human baby. Why go to all that trouble? Because it wasn’t too late.

It could have been over for us after Adam and Eve blew it, but even then God was working out another chance and telling us that Jesus will defeat Satan (Gen 3:15). It wasn’t too late.

Even the most secular Christmas celebration has a certain sense of hope and anticipation—a sense that things can be better. But look around you. Watch the news. Observe people in action. Is there a valid reason to hope? The nations are still “raging furiously together” and it’s easy to feel like your life is a wad of tissue circling faster and faster in the toilet bowl.

But it’s not too late.

The Christmas goose travels light—observethe lack of suitcases as she honks her way past. No room for baggage on this flight. And so it is with you—if you intend to carry the weight of your past mistakes with you all the time, you’ll never feel the warmth of the sun. It’s not too late. Admit that you have sinned against God. Tell God that Jesus is the Lord of your life and tell Him you believe. Open your heart and let Him in. Feel the sunshine.

Friend, it’s not too late.

Declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. –Romans 10:9

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