Can you believe that Christmas is finally upon us? Even with this bad economy, people are still moving forward with their purchases for their loved ones and even for those certain obligations we all seem to have. With so much bad that has recently happened to so many (and who knows what issues people may be struggling with behind closed doors), people may not even care about this holiday. The holiday that has become money driven to purchase gifts without much meaning behind it. People may recognize what this holiday means in their head-but not in there heart, so allow me to clarify this for you-Jesus is the reason for the season. He is the true reason for the existence for this holiday. Many people celebrate Christmas without having Christ in it. I knew of a pastor who said when he was a kid, his father put out the nativity in their front yard without baby Jesus because they lost him somewhere. (I wonder what Mary and Joseph were supposed to be looking at?) You see, many people celebrate Christmas without Jesus in it.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior-God who choose to become human so that He can live and identify with His creation with all the struggles and temptations that are common to all of us. Jesus even choose to be born in humility and poverty. It was God’s plan that He would be born in a stable. This definitely would have made headlines in today’s world. People would be horrified at how unsanitary that would be. I even think in today’s world Jesus would have been taken away from Mary and she would probably be labeled an unfit mother to allow her child to be born in such conditions. Nevertheless, the fact is God choose to bridge the gap between His creation and Himself by allowing His Son to be the mediator between the two. Jesus can surely say that He understands our struggles because He himself went through the same temptations without sinning. That is how He knows He can help us in our every day lives. He lived like us and choose to obey God and His ways rather than submit the temptations that are common to all of us. For those that have accepted Jesus into their hearts and lives, He will always be our advocate. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.“(1 John 2:1-3)
I would like you to see how God cared enough to write down the birth of His son, Jesus so that everyone would recognize and know who He is. The story is in Luke 2:1-20:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
Whether you are visiting loved ones, singing Christmas carols, entertaining, working, or vacationing, I wish you a Blessed Christmas and I want you to know that you are not alone as our loving Lord and Savior is with you as we celebrate His birth so that He could save us from our sins.
I pray you Walk Every Day With Grace.
In His love,