Matt 1:18-23. “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” — which means, “God with us.”
The season of Advent and Christmas begins, and we once again turn our thoughts and energies to sounds and sights and the busyness of the season. Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! So much to do and so little time it seems to get everything done. “I’ve got some shopping to do. I’ve got to buy presents for others. I’ve got to get ready for Christmas celebrations. Church specials, the Cantata and the Kids Christmas program and the school functions. Then there is the big meal on Christmas day and what about family get-togethers? And of course, we want to see Santa! So much to do…” We will never be ready! Well, maybe we will. I’m sure we will get it all done even if it takes us right to Christmas Eve and then some… It is so easy to get caught in the trap of the culture that surrounds us and miss out on the true meaning of Christmas.
The good news of Christmas is that Christmas is all about Jesus Christ. His birth which was an amazing event in itself, born of a virgin, Wise men in search of the child following a star, shepherds in the fields at night listening to an angelic choir and hunted by a mad man (King Herod) who feared His Kingship, the King of kings, Jesus. But more so Christmas is about the One who would bring salvation to a world that so needed to connect to the God who had created us.
Christmas means God is with us. Christmas is Jesus came to save us. Save us from ourselves and He is with us through all the challenges that we face. He is with us while we experience discouragement, difficulties with finances, loneliness, troubles with relationships and even health issues. God really does want to be with us as we face life.
The busyness of the season may creep in and begin to consume us, but the Christ of Christmas wants to give you peace through it all and He can if you will only trust Him. What will we do with this Jesus? In the midst of Christmas what will we do with the One who saves you? Take this moment and just breathe, praise Him and give thanks for the greatest present of all, the present of Jesus.
In Him, Your Pastor,