As a boy, I delivered newspapers in order to earn money. Since it was a morning newspaper, I was required to get up at 3am every morning, 7 days a week, in order to have all 140 of my papers delivered to their appropriate homes by 6am.
But one day each year was different. We would deliver the Christmas morning newspaper on Christmas Eve — meaning that Christmas was the only morning of the year I could sleep in and rest like a normal person.
Over the years, I came to appreciate Christmas for many reasons, but one that was special in those days was that, unlike any other day of the year, it was a day of rest.
At that time, I didn’t fully understand the meaning of the true rest that Christmas brings.
Christ came so that all who labour under the weight of a law that can never be fulfilled might find rest through the forgiveness Christ offers. Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
In a world that is too much for us to bear alone, Christ has come to bring us into a relationship with Him and give us rest.