Lk.2:17,18 – Upon seeing this miraculous sign, the shepherds recounted what had just happened. Everyone who heard the shepherds’ story was astonished by what they were told.
One of my favorite books is C.S. Lewis – THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. It captures the sense of fantasy to the point that it comes alive. To me it is a Christmas story, the searching for Aslan, the snowy forest, and the magic that is in the air. I think it has the taste of eternity, the taste of other worlds that are more real than this one and it creates a longing to actually be there. Do you ever wonder what heaven will be like? I imagine worship and friends and endless moments rehearsing the great things that God has done for us, Christmas itself has the taste of eternity about it to those who are awakened by God. Here is a clip from one of Spurgeon’s Christmas sermons imagining telling our great stories in heaven.
“You grey-headed man has buried all his friends; he has said, “I shall go to them, but they will not return to me.” Soon his Master will say, “Thou hast had enough tarrying here in this vale of tears: go home to thy friends!” Oh! happy hour! Oh! blessed moment, when that shall be the word—“Go home to thy friends!” And when we go home to our friends in Paradise, what shall we do? Why, first we will repair to that blest seat where Jesus sits, take off our crown and cast it at his feet, and crown him Lord of all. And when we have done that, what shall be our next employ? Why, we will tell the blessed ones in heaven what the Lord hath done for us, and how he hath had compassion on us. And shall such a tale be told in heaven? Shall that be the Christmas Carol of the angels? Yes, it shall be; it has been published there before—blush not to tell it yet again…”
I can’t wait to swap stories with those who have gone before us. I think I will have a chat with Spurgeon and Edwards. Then maybe I will look up Sister Aimee and Brother Seymour and see what stories they have to tell. Maybe I could even have a chat with the Apostle Paul or Simon Peter or maybe even the demoniac from Gadara. The stories will be endless, it will take an eternity to rehearse the testimony of Jesus but we will have plenty of time on our hands.