Tomorrow is Christmas, so I hope you’re all organised?
Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that over the years I, like many of you, will have heard the Christmas story many times, and many times every year and, if I’m honest, I have probably taken the message of Christmas for granted because of that. So I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, to try to get that feeling of excitement back about all the festivities.
Children are always very excited about Christmas, so I started by looking at what some of them have to say…
In answer to why do we celebrate Christmas, here’s a couple of answers given by children:
- “I am not really a Christian. I believe in unicorns and pixies.”
- “We celebrate Christmas because Santa comes and gives us lots and lots of presents.”
When asked who Jesus is:
- “Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown.”
- “Jesus is really old and his birthday was on Christmas over 2000 years ago.”
What gifts did the wise men bring?
- “The wise men brought gold, Frankenstein , and myrrh.”
- “The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense, smurr and silver. But I think he would have preferred wrestling toys.”
And when asked where Jesus was born, one child gave the following answer:
- “He was born in a stable a long way away from here in another country. Bethlehem – it’s in England.”
That’s how some excited children have described Christmas, but what about you, what gets you excited about Christmas?
In the busyness of this time of year, in amongst preparing for Christmas, how much time have you spent thinking about the true meaning of Christmas, and the birth of Jesus?
Jesus birth was foretold many years beforehand in Isaiah 7:14 where Isaiah says “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”. What an exciting prospect that must have been even then, knowing that the Saviour of the world would be born into this world at some point, as one of us.
We read in Luke about the angel Gabriel visiting Mary to tell her she would give birth to the son of God. Although Mary would have been scared and filled with trepidation about what lay ahead, I’m sure she would also have been excited about the prospect of becoming a mother.
A new child in any family is a magical event, so it’s not surprising we get excited when someone we know is expecting a child. This Christmas in amongst the busyness of the season, I encourage you not to forget about Jesus, but instead get excited about the birth of Jesus again, just as you would if a friend or family member tells you they are expecting a baby.
I came across a poem which reminds us of this.
Don’t Forget Jesus
Christmas is a special time
To reflect on Jesus Christ,
The wonder of His lowly birth
Brings meaning to our lives
There really is no other reason,
We celebrate this day,
The birth of God’s precious son
And the life, He willingly gave
But so much seems to distract us
In the busyness of our lives,
We lose our focus in all the happenings,
Not knowing, we leave out Christ
We lose sight of the true meaning
As we endlessly rush about,
Trying to find that perfect gift,
Seems to cloud our Saviour out
We need to stop and reflect awhile,
Remembering our precious Lord,
His birth, His life and sacrifice
And all that He stands for
For though the world may celebrate,
It seems, though, for other reasons,
Let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ
Is the true meaning of the season.
© By M.S.Lowndes
As I mentioned earlier I decided to take a fresh look at Christmas this year, so whether this year is the first or the 51st time you’ve heard the Christmas story, I ask you to do the same, and in doing so consider remember the birth of Jesus and Who Is He? to you this Christmas.