I’ve been reading the ‘Christmas Story’ from Luke to remember what we’re celebrating this Christmas. My kids know this story so well, they’ve been in about 8 nativities and have been everything from a star to Mary. But I wanted to read through it in my adult bible and really take in what God did for us at Christmas.
When we read the Christmas story it can really seem like it’s just that – a story. It’s full of so much wonder, awe, and the supernatural – from a virgin getting pregnant, a new star in the sky and angels appearing in people’s bedrooms – we’re only short a baby’s first laugh from it being a Tinkerbell adventure. But God knew before this universe was even created that he would have to send his only son, Jesus, to this earth to rescue us from ourselves. That is true love. He knew all that Jesus would suffer and he created us anyway. He knew we would continue doing wrong and evil, but he sent Jesus anyway. I am completely overwhelmed by the love of God as I remember the precious care he took at bringing his son into the world.
Christmas is the biggest birthday party of the entire year. I want it to be the biggest celebration my kids experience. I’ve heard every point of view on Christmas, from paganism, to materialism, from greed to sin. But what did God do when his Son, Jesus, was born? He sent hosts (a crowd, a company) of angels to sing praises to the Shepherds. Can you even imagine that???? Seeing crowds of angels in the sky singing heavenly songs of praise! Wow.
I better make Christmas a big deal if God made it a big deal. Sharing the love of Jesus with one another and remembering why Jesus was born and what he gave us through his life and death and resurrection all started at his birth. So let’s celebrate. God rejoices everyday all day. Lets rejoice! Let’s share love and grace and get excited about the awe and wonder of the birth of Jesus.
“But the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognise him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’ Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:10-14