December 8, 2012
It is hard to believe, but Christmas will soon be here. To make it worse, Christmas will come and go even faster.
As we prepare our hearts for this season, it is important for us to reflect on why Christmas was celebrated that very first night when Jesus was born and why that celebration has continued today. After the shepherds saw the baby Jesus that night, they went away worshiping God (Luke 2:20). Annaís worship in the temple led her to tell others about Jesus (Luke 2:37). When the wise men found the child Jesus, they worshiped him (Matt 2:11).
Christmas should now be celebrated because Jesus is worshiped, even as a baby and as a small child. We now see what his birth means for all creation. There is now hope when all hope seemed lost. Hope has come to turn our weeping into worship. It is amazing to think that God accomplished all of this through one baby born of a virgin.
Jesusí birth points to what God will powerfully do through his life, death, burial, and resurrection. The turning back to God has begun and eternity will forever be changed because Jesus is God with us. Although we all have missed God through sin, God has given the greatest gift of eternity: God himself! God has sent us his Son through his Holy Spirit.
So with all of this, how can we miss Christmas?
1. There are so many things going on this time of year that we can easily focus on just getting through the season.
2. Christmas can also be so overwhelming that we find ourselves focusing on pleasing people, rather than pleasing God.
3. We can even find ourselves in a Christmas service worshiping everything but Jesus.
Christmas calls us to worship Jesus and to think about what his birth means for every day of our lives. This birthday should be uniquely celebrated and treasured above all other birthdays. When we celebrate Christmas, Jesus should be lifted above all the celebration. Even though there will be great temptation to do so, letís not miss him in all the celebration!
The Christmas season can lead us to worship many things (even many good things, like people and presents), but letís remember that God alone is worthy of our worship (Luke 4:8). Worshiping Jesus through this season will impact our conversations, our relationships, and how our time is spent. May our worship lead others to worship Jesus as well.
East Sedalia Baptist Church will be having a Community Christmas Eve Service at 5:30pm. We would love to celebrate Christmas with you.