Remember whose birthday we are celebrating
Imagine that it is your birthday. It’s a milestone birthday, like turning 21 or 50, and someone is throwing you a party. Friends have come in from all over the country and assembled together with everyone you know. Now imagine that you show up at the house to find the door locked. You look in the window and see everyone partying and having a great time. Someone even catches a glimpse of you, making eye contact so you know they saw you, but then turns away. You begin to understand that these people have decided that they don’t really even want you at this party even though it is in recognition of you. How would that make you feel?
Many of us have been celebrating Christmas for weeks. There have been office parties galore, the towns have been decorated since before Thanksgiving, and we are all in the throws of shopping, wrapping and stacking presents under the tree in anticipation of Christmas Day. As we partake of all this pageantry, let us take time to remember why were celebrating in the first place.
Christmas is a birthday. The celebration of the day that Jesus Christ our Savior was born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lay in a manager. The whole world was changed forever on that day over 2,000 years ago and we were given the greatest gift of all time. God humbled himself by coming to earth as a fragile baby, to take the sins of the world upon himself, so that whoever believes in Him will be granted eternal life in the Kingdom in Heaven.
Jesus’ birthday is Wednesday. Don’t forget to invite Him in for His celebration. There are churches all around that have planned special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There will be lots of fun and singing and stories about the miraculous nature of His birth.
If you don’t know Jesus but would like to, any of these celebrations are open to you. He would love to be a part of your Christmas this year. It is inevitable that we will all meet Him one day. It is more important that He knows us when that happens.
“But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid: for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people; for today in the City of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2: 10-12