We are entering the busiest, most wonderful time of the year.
But sometimes, it can be the most stressful time of the year…
…the most disappointing; the most hectic; the most frustrating; the most exhausting; the most daunting.
So while I love decorating, spending time with family, and listening to Bing sing Christmas classics to me, I have to be careful to keep Christmas in focus.
It isn’t about the decorating (though I certainly have enjoyed my share).
It isn’t about the shopping, buying, and wrapping of presents (though I definitely enjoyed it).
It isn’t about the family dinners, the Christmas traditions, the exchanging of gifts (though I am looking forward to it and can’t wait for our loved ones to unwrap their presents).
It’s about a Baby. It’s about a master plan created by the Master of the universe.
It’s about a quiet arrival in a lowly stable; the announcement of the birth of the King of kings given in an open field, far outside the city, to humble shepherds. From man’s perspective, it didn’t seem like a fit coming for a Baby who fulfilled hundreds and hundreds of years of prophecy and who would change the world forever. But can you imagine how heaven rejoiced? God’s plan for fallen mankind’s redemption was coming into the final stretch. Jesus had come down to man. What reason to rejoice this Christmas!
Hallelujah! Christ was born for you and me. Love came down to earth to reconcile man to God. In a few short years, this Baby would grow to be the perfect Son of Man, to be crucified in my place- in your place- for our sin. He lived the life we could not live to pay a debt we could not pay; He died and conquered death to give us eternal life that we could never deserve. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
As we draw closer to Christmas, as schedules fill up and busyness ensues, I’m praying I keep the purpose of this holy holiday at the forefront of my mind.
It’s all about Christ. Remember in the Charlie Brown Christmas movie where Linus quotes Luke 2? He was right. That’s what Christmas is all about.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”
Merry Christmas! Praying God’s blessings of peace, health, and most importantly, a closer walk with our Savior this season for you and your family.