“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” –Isaiah 9:6
Winter is here and Christmas is on its way! People are rushing around to finish Christmas shopping. Christmas music can be heard in all the stores. Trees and lights are going up everywhere. This time of year is definitely a very busy time! We all know that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. But with the busy schedules of Christmas, it’s easy to get wrapped up into what others call the real meaning of Christmas, such as presents, food, and decorations. While it’s ok to participate in these traditions, we must make sure that they are not overriding the true meaning of Christmas. Have you paused to really think about what Jesus did for us?
When most people tell the story of Jesus being born, they tell how Jesus was born in a stable, brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and worshipped by shepherds (just a little fun fact- the wise men brought Jesus the gold frankincense and myrrh after he was a little bit older and living in a house, not right when he was born and still in the stable. You can read it in Matthew 2:9-11). While those are the main parts of the story, it’s not the whole thing. The real story is that Jesus left His place as King over all the earth to come down and be born among sinful men. He left the place with no sin, sorrow, or pain, to come to a place filled with sin, sorrow, and pain. Instead of coming to earth with loud trumpets sounding His coming, He was born in a smelly stable with animals for company. He was laid in a feeding trough which is what animals ate from. Instead of kings coming to bow down and worship Him, it was poor shepherds who came. Jesus left His perfect home and came to this imperfect world to be born in the lowest of places and to be worshipped by the lowest of people because He loves us.
Jesus has done so much for us, yet we have such a hard time pausing our busy lives just to think about it. Jesus deserves more than a few thoughts during Christmas. How many times have you stopped to think about what Jesus did for you? How many times have you thanked Him for giving up so much for us? In fact, we should not just think about what Jesus did for us during Christmas, but every single day of our life. We should change the words “Jesus is the reason for the season” to “Jesus is the reason for all seasons”. So this Christmas (and not only this Christmas, but this year and every year to come), let’s give Jesus the gratitude He deserves. He gave up everything so we could have eternal life with Him. To me, that is the greatest gift of all time and something worth thinking about every day.