Yesterday I found myself doing something I never do…
I found myself walking around Tesco doing the weekly food shop singing/humming along to Christmas songs. I don’t know what songs they were or even how long I was doing it for, if I am truthful I rather enjoyed it, but don’t tell Erika when she finds out finds out Christmas music will be played all day everyday during the Christmas period.
There is something about Christmas that gets me excited and makes me smile. Perhaps it’s the little child inside me who just loves the thought of waking up on Christmas day to open my presents. As I have got older I have also began to enjoy all the other aspects of the Christmas experience, from enjoying spending time with my family, to eating numerous Christmas dinners, getting competitive when playing board games, to watching peoples faces as they open the presents I have brought them.
But however much we enjoy the Christmas experience, and we should enjoy it, there is something that is vital to Christmas that I haven’t mentioned. Christmas is about the greatest gift the world has ever been given, the gift of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the reason why we should celebrate. Without the gift of Christ all we are left with is a holiday. You may have noticed over the years that more and more people talk about Seasons greetings, festive season or even happy holidays.
As Christians it’s about time we take Christmas back and remind people why we celebrate. I get excited about opening presents, I get excited about eating Christmas dinner, I get excited about seeing my house decorated and watching my niece and nephew open their presents. But the question is do I have the same excitement about the birth of Christ? The birth that changed the course of history and my life!
We need to get excited about Jesus birth as we read the messages of hope in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah and then, as we see the fulfilment of these prophecies through Jesus in the New Testament…
Jesus is worth getting excited about….
Isaiah got excited when God revealed the birth of the future Messiah and he prophesied to Israel hundreds of years before it was fulfilled in Jesus: Isaiah 9 v 6-7 (Message) “For a child has been born – for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be amazing counsellor, strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of wholeness, his ruling will grow and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over the promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep in going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always.”
Mary got excited after hearing from the Angel that she was with child through the Holy Spirit and that she was to call him Jesus, he would be great and be called the son of the most High. In fact, Mary got so excited that she rushed to tell Elizabeth and she too got excited.
Luke 1 v 39 – 41 “At that time Mary got ready and HURRIED to a town in the hill country of Judea where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
The Shepherds got excited after being visited by the angels and wasted no time in hurrying to find the Messiah in Bethlehem
Luke 2v 15-16 (Message) “As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over “Let’s go over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us. They left running and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in a manger.”
The wise men a few months after Jesus was born were excitedand over joyed in meeting Jesus
Matthew 2 v 10-11 “When they saw the star they were overjoyed. On coming to the house they saw the child with his mother Mary and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”
Jesus is worth getting excitedabout because his, birth, life, death and resurrection changed the course of history changing peoples lives forever and he continues to change peoples lives today… Has he changed yours?
Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve and ever since we have all struggled with sin and Jesus is the only answer. Without the birth of Christ there would be no cross, no resurrection, no forgiveness of sins and no relationship with God.
But Jesus came and through his life, character, actions, teachings and miracles he pointed us to God the Father. In his death taking our sins upon his shoulders and dying on the cross, and in his resurrection, he showed us sin and death has no power over him and forgiveness, salvation and relationship with God can be ours through him.In Jesus there is a hope and future… If that’s not worth getting excited about then I don’t know what is.
May you all have a fantastic Christmas! Enjoy the Christmas dinner, enjoy the presents and enjoy your family time, but most importantly let’s get excited about Jesus, a gift like no other.
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