Not only do we celebrate Christmas not giving a gift to the guest of honor but we often celebrate Christmas year after year without receiving God’s gift to us.
On this day of gift giving, family, friends, food, and fun let us not leave out the one whose birth we set aside this day to celebrate. Although today is not the actual birthday of Jesus, His actual birthday remains unknown through scripture we have determined with some degree of certainty it is not December 25th. Perhaps the exact date of His coming is not as important as the way He arrived and the circumstances surrounding His advent. Although His entrance was relatively quiet, without much fanfare there were those who knew He was here and they in their way celebrated his birth.
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do many things for us – Forgive Sin, Reconcile Us to God and Save Us from eternal Condemnation, to name a few however those things can arguably be summed up into one thing – He came to GIVE. He came to Give by providing you Forgiveness, by providing Purpose for your life, and providing you a home with Him. All these things are unmerited gifts.
In our busy lives of today we treat Christmas as though it is mostly about shopping, spending time with family, friends, eating, drinking, and giving gifts one to another. Some even think of it as merely surviving the holiday season, well, it’s none of those. It’s ALL about the celebration of the birth of Jesus and honoring his birth by acknowledging Him.
Consider the following for this day that has been set aside for the purpose of celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus. What can you possibly give to Him that would be significant to He who owns it all…? We could use a million tongues and give a million thanks although that would be a pretty good start it wouldn’t be enough. He gave His Life for us. This Christmas I pray you would give Jesus the one present He has requested from every person born into this life. I pray that you lay down your life for Him. I pray you would die to self and this world giving yourself to Him without reservations that His birth would be the most significant event ever in your life and his dying not in vain.
Jesus, Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth this day may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive and spread the greatest news the world has ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
Merry Christmas and God’s Peace!