Wednesday of Christmas

Hebrews 1:1-6

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be to him a father,
    and he shall be to me a son”?

The day after Christmas in many parts of the world once run by the British empire, and that is actually quite a bit of the world, they celebrate boxing day. The day has some interesting traditions which contribute to its unique name. The first is that wealthy families would always give the servants the day off on the day after Christmas so they could spend the day with their own families after having made sure that their employer’s Christmas day was festive. They would be sent home with a box of gifts and treats to share. Often the wealthy would spend the day boxing up things to give to the poor as well.

But there is another tradition to boxing day. In the days when travel by sea was dangerous, a ship would have a box of money snugly stowed within the hold, sealed up. If the voyage was safe and successful, the box was given to a priest in the home port of the ship and the priest would open the box on the day after Christmas and distribute the money to the poor.

The writer to the Hebrews speaks to us today of a great gift which God has given, wrapped up in Bethlehem’s child. It was not a treasure of heavenly gold or some precious gem, but the gift of God Himself. For in the past God had spoken through prophets, but now, with far greater authority and grace, God speaks to us directly, through the Son. This Christmas season rejoice that God has given you this gift.

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