LORD Jesus, we praise You for leaving Your throne to come down to earth to be with us. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we are so often too busy to stop and reflect on what Christmas is truly all about. Enable us to seek You in all that we do. Give us ears to hear — to trust and obey Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray.
This year all things and seasons are more or less different than in the years before. Hopefully, that will change again in the years to come. It is during such times as this that we should ask even the more: What is Christmas all about? Why celebrate it in the first place?
We can get so busy during these weeks of the year, can’t we? Of course we all want Christmas to be a perfect holiday and experience for our family. We want to be prepared, right? And we should be! I don’t mean that we have all our shopping and planning completed — and forget the most important part of it all. What I mean is that we need to reflect on what this is really all about.
What does Christmas mean to you? What is it all about? What is it about Christmas that makes this season so special for you? Is it the Christmas tree and its decoration and lights? Or is it that you will get a few extra days off this time of the year? Is it your excitement over buying and exchanging and receiving gifts?
For the Christian this is — or at least it should be — all about the greatest Gift that has ever been given to us: Jesus Christ. Luke 2:8-21 tells us the beautiful story about shepherds and angels witnessing the birth of Christ the LORD. Let’s read it together:
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
This holiday season, keep your focus on the greatest Gift ever given: Christ the LORD.