If Christ were here in person right now, He would give us His word. But He wouldn’t say anything new; we already have it, we already know. The revelation God to mankind is complete. There is nothing new, there is only to obey.
Deuteronomy is called the “Book of Remembrance” because God repeats many of the laws and teachings, He has already said to remind us. Deuteronomy 6:1 says, “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. But further down in verse seven, God tells us more that to obey, we are to teach. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
The Jews, of course, took this literally. Since ancient times, Jews have practiced the tradition of using phylacteries (also called “tefillin”). Phylacteries are small leather boxes that contain portions of the Law of Moses. The boxes are strapped to the wrist and to a sort of headband so that one literally carries the laws of God over his eyes and on his hands.
Symbols are nice, but actions are better. In this Christmas season, embrace the legacy of constant teaching to our children? Christmas carols, presents, lights, cookies, trees are all enjoyable symbols of the season. But the reality of our faith, and the true meaning of Christmas is in the proclamation. “For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Two thousand years later there is nothing new, there is only to obey.