Christmas is coming.
I repeat…CHRISTMAS IS COMING…
Jesus’s birthday is coming.
And people around the world will be celebrating the birth of our Savior. Church attendance will go up. Velvet red dresses will be worn. Tweets will be tweeted…”Happy Birthday Jesus!” Moms will post on Facebook the happy Christmas photo pretending her children didn’t just fight about who ate the last roll.
But do we actually get it? Are we actually celebrating?
Or are we going through the routine of the Christmas season, preparing to hear the same sermon again and think… “this good news is old news”. We sit in our pew, dressed right…and we say the right things. We buy our relatives gifts, and eat some good ham…but a lot of times we don’t even smile. We put the reason for the season on layaway– focusing more on wrapping, sending a perfect Christmas card, and buying a velvet dress.
Soon we realized we haven’t even stopped to pray. We were so focused on the party we forgot about who was hosting it..We forgot about Jesus.
I get it. I grew up in a church and Christmas Eve service felt like a habit not a celebration.
It was more about the social event and seeing everyone. It wasn’t about celebrating the birth of our Savior, redeemer, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings.
Many of us don’t shudder when we hear “a Savior has been born for you”. And frankly, that is upsetting. If the good news is old news then you really need to look at yourself in the mirror. Because this old story about a Savior being born is still relevant today. You still need Him. This Savior that feels like old news is still saving you from your brokenness every day. And He wants to be your friend.
Read this scripture.
Actually read it, don’t just wait for another quote you like.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
If I heard Taylor Swift was at the mall, I would be excited and run to the mall. You best believe I would huff and puff to simply get a glimpse of her.
That’s how these shepherds felt…except 70000 times greater… they were: starstruck. This was good news. This was worthy of praise, a trip, and more importantly a celebration to God.
Yet here we are, over 2000 years later and we forgot how beautiful the gift of Jesus was. Would you be willing to run towards your Savior? Would you be willing to genuinely rejoice? Would you be able to praise God for His gift above, instead of looking for “gifts” below?
If this story doesn’t make you leap with joy or genuinely thank God then you need to put in perspective your need for Jesus. You need Him. You can’t be independent because your flesh fails. However, God saved us by giving us the birth of Jesus.
Run to Him. Follow Him like the shepherds did. Angels may not be appearing to you right now, but Jesus is. I would beg to conclude it is not coincidence that you my friend are reading this reminder.
Don’t let the good news becomes old news. Because Jesus isn’t like your old pair of jeans that don’t fit but you keep them anyway “just in case”. He is something you use everyday, whether you believe in Him or not. Because of Jesus you have the opportunity to run to God daily. You are given the opportunity to choose eternal life.
You can be forgiven. Your weakness becomes strength when you allow the Savior to play on your team.
So tell a friend. You needed this birth. We needed His birth. We needed our Savior. Rejoice in His birthday. This good news in not old. It is consistent news and always important. So treat it this way. But don’t just keep Christ in Christmas. Rejoice in your Savior every day because it effects your everyday…. and your forever.