Always Winter and Never Christmas

“Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”

This is the indictment C.S. Lewis gives us of the cursed land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But halfway through the book, the spell begins to break, the witch’s power begins to weaken, and Father Christmas appears on the scene with gifts for the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve.

Christmas is coming tomorrow. It is coming tomorrow because it came that blessed night in Bethlehem. The curse is being reversed, the hearts of men are being freed from their bondage to sin and regenerated to life and communion in the living and true God. In a sense we are living in the already, in what God has accomplished for his elect in Christ while at the same time we are living in the not yet, awaiting the return and final consummation of God’s kingdom when all things will be made new and everything lost in the fall will be restored in glory. It is winter, but I rejoice for tomorrow is Christmas.

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