On today, it’s Christmas here and yes many of us will celebrate the day and we’ll be excited for what “Santa” brought us.
And still I know as happy as some of us may be, there are some of us who are enduring our first Christmas without a loved one that was near and dear to our heart.
Or we’re still struggling to accept a new normal despite their passing not being fresh or maybe even dealing with heart ache from a break-up or divorce. No matter what state of mind you find yourself in I want to encourage you.
I want you to know while the hustle and bustle of this holiday season is ending and we’ll be enduring returns and exchanges, long after the holiday crowds and never-ending frustrating traffic lines end, the one we celebrate today lives on in us and is there for us even when we may feel all alone or as though no one understands what we’re going through.
You see the whole purpose of gifts goes back to the wise men. As they followed the Star of Bethlehem that led them to Jesus, they came bearing gifts for Jesus. They went to worship Him because they knew that He was the King of the Jews. (Matthew 2)
The gifts were in essence a token of their respect and love for Him. However, due to our culture it’s quite easy to forget that today is NOT about us getting what we wanted from someone here on Earth.
Because the truth is that long ago Jesus died on a Friday evening and rose again 3 days later. It’s Him that we should all remember to be thankful for, especially on His birthday.
As had He not obeyed God’s will we wouldn’t have any Christmases to celebrate. In fact, we’d be in bad shape. But I’m grateful He stood in the gap for you and for me.
And while some people are atheists or believers in other faiths and religions, I say no matter how anyone else feels there just simply is no Christmas without Christ.
So, in closing, if you got all that you hope for that’s great, but remember those gifts aren’t a substitute for Christ.
On the other hand, if you didn’t get anything you hope for, remember that as a child of the King the best thing you got, you didn’t have to pay for. And that’s salvation because Jesus paid for our sins.
And if you say well, I don’t believe in Christ, I challenge you to think about the wonder you see in this world and ask yourself, is it possible that there is no God when extraordinary miracles and unexplained wonders happen every day.
Happy Birthday to my Savior and Merry Christmas to You All!
~In most cases when we celebrate someone’s birth, we’re giving gifts, but on today, we celebrate and receive gifts and honor the most precious gift of all who died on the cross for you and me. – We call Him Immanuel
~ Exalted Royalty~ A C. E. SAM COMPANY