I don’t know why, but this year I am missing the gaudiness and craziness of the Christmas season in the states. The blow up reindeer, the Christmas tree lights on your neighbor’s house that makes you think that maybe they used to be a decorator in Vegas, way too many Christmas cookies at the office, and too much glitter and gloss in the stores. Everyone rushing around and way too stressed out about what is really important in life. I could use some of that diversion right now.
It’s always been interesting to me that Jesus came to earth as a little baby. God didn’t pull a big theatrical show with lights and loud music. He didn’t wait until man had created technology so it could be broadcast live to the world. He was born humbly, quietly, in a manager, not even in a house. How could a baby save a world? How could something so tiny be the Prince of Peace?
The baby born in the manager that night had animals surrounding him and only his parents and shepherds to celebrate his birth. As that little baby grew up, he became everything that he was prophesied to be and he accomplished everything that he came to earth to do.
No matter how we twist Jesus’ birth into something we don’t even understand or recognize anymore, or whether we brush the day aside as just another holy day on the calender, that doesn’t change how important his birth was to each of us and to this world.
Whether you celebrate his birth on the 25th or the 7th of January, I hope you will take some time during this season to think about the real meaning of Christmas and appreciate how Christ’s birth has touched your life.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” – Micah 5:2
I wish you a very Merry and blessed Christmas. May your life be blessed with peace.