Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I love the Christmas season. Some would even say it is “the most wonderful time of the year!” Christmas decorations (most parts of the country), soft, fluffy snow; Christmas music and jingles; amazing bright assortments of Christmas colors and lights; classic Christmas films, hot cocoa; and the list goes on and on. My family always looks forward to this amazing time. We love it!
Often, if we are not careful, we get into the “spirit” of Christmas and forget the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Yes, have your family traditions, have fun, make memories. There is nothing wrong with that, but do you remember the “Reason for the Season?” It is because of Christ! Christ was born supernaturally, lived a sinless life, and ultimately died on the cross for our sins, defeating death by rising from the dead!
I pray that Christmas will be more than just a holiday. I pray that it will be Christ-honoring and Christ-centered! Consider the Christmas story in the gospels.
1. Jesus Comes to Those Who Have Room for Him—the Innkeeper!
Most people would be hard on the innkeeper for giving Mary and Joseph the “back room.” To me, he was making the best out of a bad situation. All the rooms were full! Mary is about to give birth! It was the best they could do in that situation.
2. Jesus Speaks to Those Who Are Willing to Listen—the Shepherds!
The shepherds weren’t in a class of high society. They were common men and workers. Why didn’t the angels appear to the kings? Why didn’t they appear to the rich or even high-ranking officials? I believe that maybe they were not willing to listen!
Jesus speaks to listening hearts. His Word is always speaking. His voice is the still, small voice behind all the other noises in your world. If you haven’t heard Him lately, it isn’t because He isn’t speaking. It’s because you haven’t paused to listen.
3. Jesus Saves Those Who Have Faith to Trust Him—the Wise Men!
The wise men were outsiders, Gentiles: those perhaps least likely to anticipate, understand, or believe the prophecies of the Messiah. Yet, they were men of faith and pursued the Christ child! They left their homes and followed their faith in the Word of God.
The Bible says that He is a reward for them that diligently seek Him. Men may say, “Show me and I’ll believe.”
God says, “Trust me and I’ll show you!” Never forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
We only have one life to live; we cannot miss the opportunity to give our best.