The Christmas story isn’t just a nice bedtime tale we tell once a year. It is an epic account of God stepping down into our world. It is the momentous occasion of the “Light” entering into the darkness. Christmas is so much more than what we make of it. Remind yourself what the real story is this year… God coming down for you….
The point of Christmas is God’s glory coming for you. When the angels appeared over the fields that night they didn’t sing “Jingle Bells”, “Frosty the Snowman”, or even “Jesus Christ is Coming to Town”. The first words they sang were “Glory to God”. Don’t miss the point that Christmas is all about God’s glory, and don’t forget that “God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him” (John Piper).
There is so much to celebrate in the Christmas story – so many miraculous elements to it. But what is the real miracle of Christmas? Is it the appearance of angels? Is it the star that guided the wise men? Is it the virgin birth? Is it God becoming a human being? These are all miracles to be sure, but don’t see only the circumstances and miss the real miracle of Christmas… love. Love for you…
John 3 says that ” For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life ” The miracle is that Jesus did not have to come. God did not have to make a way for us. We did not deserve Heaven’s perfect One, but nevertheless God’s love prevailed. He wanted to come.
That is the real miracle of Christmas… You are worth the son of God. He has come for you…He wants you…and if the son of God is priceless and He gave his life for you…then you my friend are priceless. Treat yourself and others as priceless. You are worth the son of God. So is the person next to you. Wow! How would your life be different if you really believed this about yourself and lived it out with the people you are around each day?
I have heard the Christ story many times, but something struck me in a new way with how we present the story. The angels came to the shepherds while they were watching their flocks by night. Christ was born at night in the dark. Sometimes we have darkness in our life…things that are hard, hurtful or hidden. It could be in the past, present, and definitely in the future. Here is the word of God…out in the dark is Jesus Christ. For all the struggle the dark holds for us, Christmas Eve tells us that Christ is there in the dark. He was born in the dark. The shepherds made their way to a darkened Bethlehem…”Yet in the dark street shineth the everlasting light.” John 1 says “the light shines on in the dark, and the darkness has never quenched it.”
Jesus comes to bring us His light in our darkness. Baby Jesus’ coming was about God’s desire to enter an imperfect world filled with poor choices, false starts, pain, interruptions, tears, disappointments, etc… The whole idea of “Silent Night” is baloney. Ever been around a newborn? You want to hear a cry. A cry is the sign of life. At the birth of newborn Jesus, I am sure baby Jesus was crying! Definitely no silence that night! In the smelly stable the cows were mooing, donkeys were hee hawing, sheep were baaing, and there were loud noisy rowdy people everywhere in town. Definitely no silence! The angel did not appear and say, “Quiet, Jesus is about to be born, and let’s cleanup!” No, the angel said,” Unto you a Savior is born…” Unto you right where you are, right as you are, right into the ups and downs of your life.
Christmas is so much more than we make of it. Remind yourself what the real story is this year… Christmas is about God’s love for you, coming for you through baby Jesus, and desiring companionship with you. Christmas is a desire to bring His love and His light and His presence and His truth into your life, helping you navigate the ups and downs each day brings. Christmas should not be considered just a season. Christmas should be every day. Embrace the gift of baby Jesus into your life each day. Now go be the light and be the love and be the presence and be the truth in your sphere of influence every day.
This Post was submitted by Nancy Allison:
Nancy Allison is a humorous and passionate speaker who desires that all know the truth of who they are in Jesus Christ. She has a heart to share the love of Jesus and teach people truth that sets them free to become all they can be. In her free time, Nancy enjoys reading and kayaking with her family. She works as a realtor at Exit Preferred Realty, and with her husband, Todd, at Allison Construction. Together they have four amazing children: Gaby, Syd, Lauren, and Joe. Nancy has been ministering to women and youth for over 20 years and currently serves as a Young Life leader and one on one mentor to women. One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 3:12 “In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”