"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. . . And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and
the grace of God was upon Him." (LUKE 2:7 & 40 NKJV)
Beginning the month of November and especially December in many places you
go, you might see Christmas decorations with nativity scenes. Some churches
might even have what they call a "live" nativity scene complete with camels,
sheep, donkeys, a man and a woman dressed, supposedly, as Joseph and Mary and
a baby or a doll, again, portraying Jesus. Many songs are written and sung about
the baby born in Bethlehem. There are those who don't even honor Jesus as Savior
and Lord who celebrate His birth in one way or another.
Yet, we must remember that what makes Christmas worth celebrating is not that a
baby was born, but that "the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him." The reason why we rejoice is not
merely for a babe in a manger, but the savior, who is Christ the Lord, the Son of
God, who died for our sins. Too often we forget that it was not His birth that saved
us and won our victory. It was His death, burial and resurrection that brought our
redemption and justification.
1. Do you during this season think about that it was Jesus’ death, burial and
resurrection that gives us the reason to celebrate?
2. How often during this season do you thinking about what Jesus sacrificed as
well as His birth in Bethlehem?
3. Why do we relegate the cross only to the “Easter” season when we should
honor and remember the cross as much during the Christmas season?
As you go through the Christmas season do not forget that if it had not been for His
sacrifice on Calvary for our sins, there would be nothing to celebrate of His birth.
For we all would be lost. Our celebration of Christmas is our celebration of NOT
JUST A BABY, BUT A SAVIOR!