SUPERTYPHOON YOLANDA – A CHRISTMAS PERSPECTIVE
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. – Helen Keller
Matthew 2:16-18 NLT
16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.
One of the things that uplifts people during Christmas is the lights. Twinkling and colorful lights on houses & buildings, fireworks in the sky, bring some kind of unexplainable joy.
Another thing is music. Christmas songs are really very uplifting. They touch the heart in a very mysterious way.
But the first Christmas was not like that.
There were no colorful and twinkling lights.
No Christmas carols.
Jesus was born in one of the darkest times of history…
No prophet for almost 400 years…
It’s when the Jews had no nation of their own…
It’s when the Jews were slaves under the rulership of Rome.
When Jesus was born, a supertyphoon came.
Jewish parents lost their babies in the death command of Herod.
It was a time of darkness and despair…
CHRISTMAS HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN A CONTEXT OF DARKNESS.
Even today, Christmas has always been in the context of darkness. If it were not so, there could be no real Christmas.
Supertyphoon Yolanda. Total fatalities – 6,092 (as of the time of writing). Many people lost their homes. Lost their families. Lost their means of living. Lost everything. A time of darkness.
For many people, they have their own kind of dark storm experiences this Christmas week:
The darkness of illness.
The storm surge of loneliness.
The flood of debt.
The hurricane of joblessness.
The typhoon of separation.
That’s why this Christmas week, maybe many people are asking, “How can this be Christmas?” Many times, there are no explanations at once. But one thing we know, there is a God who knows. And He dispels the darkness by His promises.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10
“No matter how dark it is, there’s always a LIGHT somewhere.”