On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. On their fifth attempt, the plane embarked on a 12-second flight. Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office and sent the following message: “We have flown for 12 seconds. We will be home for Christmas.” Upon receiving the telegraph, the Wright’s sister, Karen, went to the newspaper office and told them of her brothers new flying machine. She informed the newspaper that Orville and Wilbur would be home for Christmas if they would like to set up an interview. The reporter assured her that they would put something in the paper regarding her brothers. On December 19, the local newspaper ran the headline: “Wright Brothers Home for Christmas.” Talk about missing the story.
In all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, in all our gift-giving, in all our arguing over when Jesus was actually born, we miss the headline. The headline is not: “Tis the Season to Be Jolly.” The headline is not: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The headline is not: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” The headline, in big, bold letters, is this: “Immanuel: God With Us!” That’s the headline; the fact that Jesus left the comforts of heaven, came to this earth to dwell among us, to teach and preach that the kingdom is at hand, to die a horrific death on the cross, to be buried, and to rise again three days later. That’s the story that deserves our attention, every day of the year, not just one day in December.