It’s officially the week of Christmas! The time to celebrate Jesus’ birth and God’s Sovereignty.
“2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:1-20)(NKJ)(Biblegateway.com)
Every Christmas we go out and buy gifts to put under the tree. We make Christmas about the things we get or how much we give. But we should be focusing on what we were given long ago. The reason for Christmas in the first place, Christ Jesus!
We give gifts and we spend time with family, but we often forget the reason why. Jesus was the very first Christmas present, given to all. He was sent to earth to save His people from death and a life without God. He came as a babe to live as a human man so that we can truly see that He loves us and understands us.
We give gifts because Jesus was the first gift. We honor Him by giving to others and finding joy in the giving. We put the gifts under the tree because Jesus died for us on a tree made into a cross. We decorate that tree with ornaments and lights and memories to show that we remember His beauty and His love for us. We spend time with family and friends and rejoice in all that He has done for us and all that He has given.
This Christmas remember that Jesus is the real and true reason for the season. Rejoice He lived for you, so that you can live in Him!