Christmas time is coming very soon, as we are in advent season. I pray that the Holy Spirit prepares your heart as you read this and you remember the love of the Father for you personally. Jesus loves you so much.
It’s easy to forget when the holidays come around what Christmas is really all about. This time of year it seems as though we have so much to do and we can quickly get swayed and distracted. It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday swing of things with Christmas lights, holiday parties and celebrations. All of these things are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but we must not forget the ultimate gift, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. We must not forget the reason for the season: Emmanuel (“God with us”).
The messiah was prophesied about hundreds of years before He would be placed in the manger in the city of David, Bethlehem, just as spoken in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. The Lord Jesus Christ, the awaited King of Kings, the Son of God, would be born in a town (from the line and root of David as foreseen by God’s servants) just as He said in His covenant—His Holy Word, the Bible.
Yeshua Hamashiach (“Jesus Christ” in Hebrew) was from Nazareth, and because of a tax census, Mary and Joseph, his earthly parents, were sent to travel by camel to the city of David. They followed the Star of David by night. God led them to His place where He would be acknowledged as the one the world was waiting for.
The Messiah Is Born
With the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, Christ was born in human flesh (John 1) as fully God and fully man. Jesus is known as the Son of God and Son of Man. He was the one the Jewish people were told would one day come to take away the sins of the world.
For unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
When Christ came, He was hidden and placed in a barn because there was no room for Him at the inn. Similar to society today, we see culture pushing God out of the pillars of the world of influence, yet history and time hinge on His birth, death on the cross and resurrection. We can’t escape the truth of the one the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob promised.
People can neglect Him and reject Him, but He still will be worshipped because He creates it all and will not share His glory with man. God’s Holy Word, written by His mouthpieces and vessels, will not come back void or empty, nor will it be a lie. History of BC (before Christ) and AD (after death) speaks about the truth of the one whom we worship.
A Time for Reflection
As you go about your busy day and schedule, take a moment to worship the one who gave you breath and life. Read the scriptures and reflect on the story of the messiah being born. Thank God the Father for being compassionate and loving enough to send His one and only precious son to die for what you and I committed. We committed wrongs, He always did right, yet He turned the other cheek and took our place.
Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, got off of His throne to be born of a virgin, so that the blood was Holy, from the Father; an impregnated virgin teen carried the holy lamb whose holy blood was from the Father, which cleans us so we can be in full relationship to Him. God is mind-blowing and didn’t have to commune with us. He didn’t have to break his body and pour out his blood to be in fellowship with his creation, but he did.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
God’s love for you is greater than the number of stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore. His love is abandoning of oneself and is selfless. Christ carried the cross and was bruised, beaten and martyred for you so that you didn’t have to die, and not even die the second death, which is eternal separation from the Father. God’s promises are always true and He is always faithful in all that He does.
Sure, God waited hundreds of years to bring His son, but He did…and He will do it again. He creates the mountains, the oceans and the galaxies, and He created you. I pray you feel His personal, tangible love for you and that you understand that now that Jesus rose from the grave, sin and fear no longer control us. We don’t have to be slaves; now we are children of God.
Emmanuel = God With Us
The greatest gift of all this season is Jesus. He is the reason for the season. He is the reason we get to have every day as a gift, aka “the present.” Every day is a present from God to be breathing and living. Every day is a miracle and is to be cherished. Every day we must worship Him. Christmas highlights and reminds us of that precious, holy gift and that we cannot do it alone without the maker of all gifts. We must worship the gift giver more than the gift. Remember that this season.
Remember to love one another as Christ loved you and laid His life down. It’s so countercultural, but it’s not about us—it’s all about HIM. God will be glorified. When you hear the Christmas songs in department stores, they are playing worship and they don’t even know it. Most of the time people don’t know what the holiday is really about, so let us share in love, light and joy.
PI Girls, do you realize the real reason for the season? How we can pray for you? Comment below.