Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. He was God in the flesh.
His journey started on that beautiful night over 2,000 years ago when He was born in a stable, lovingly cared for by His parents, Mary and Joseph. While there was no family gathering to celebrate, God had sent His only Son to become the Light of the World.
It is the familiar verses of Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV), that provides a direct prophecy of the birth of Jesus, the reason for our celebration of the season. You see the ultimate gift that came under circumstances less than ideal, and certainly not as peaceful as Mary would have liked, arrived with that title.
Mary and Joseph’s journey had been a long one to Bethlehem. They were there for just a short while when they learned it was time for the baby to be born.
So Mary gave birth to Jesus, wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger.
It was then that an angel appeared to the Shepherds in the field and said,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom He is pleased!” Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
Can you imagine being one of the shepherds summoned to this great celebration? According to Luke 2:9, they were terrified. But their fear soon turned into joy as the angels announced the Messiah’s birth. The shepherds went to see the baby and then went to work spreading the word about the newborn king.
While there were no big crowds of people or fanfare, or choirs of voices singing the Hallelujah Chorus, make no mistake, Jesus’s birth was the crowning moment for all times.
Although our first picture of Jesus is as a baby in a manger, we must not leave Him there. This tiny baby boy grew up to live an amazing life. He died for us, ascended into Heaven, and will come back to this earth as King of kings.
The greatest day in history had occurred~Jesus Christ had been born. The good news is that He comes to all of us and we can celebrate Christmas every day of our life. Here’s how we can do that:
- Connect with Christ through the study of His word. Work through a specific set of scriptures each week. He longs for you to spend time with Him.
- Celebrate all that He brings to your life. There will be challenges and learning opportunities along the way, but it is when we are in the middle of these experiences that we should praise Him. These are the very situations we learn in and show growth.
- Choose to be intentional with your time. Clear your schedule as often as you can so you can enjoy family activities, attend worship together, and focus on what’s important.
Let us go forward in this season of celebration to draw close to Him, seek His Peace and all that He has to offer you. May He give you peace in your heart, and help you to bring peace, hope and love to others.
Remember, He is the reason for the season.
Blessings and peace to you during this Christ-filled season.