For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Each year we have to stop and remind ourselves that Jesus is the reason for the season. I think for many people this is hard to do. We are surrounded by commercialism. And Kids... no matter how much you tell them what Christmas is really about, they're still going to be obsessed with presents. To this day I remember getting to the last present each year and wondering "is that all" hoping I overlooked something.
Every year people dress up, decorate, shop like crazy, attend parties, and many other Christmas traditions and most of those have absolutely nothing to do with the birth of our savior. And despite our best efforts, we're likely to get wrapped up in some of those traditions. Let's face it, it's all fun and exciting. It's all around us. EVERYONE does this stuff. It's impossible to avoid it really.
This year as we do our best to remember the true meaning of this season we celebrate I want to focus on that one verse I quoted above. We all know the story about Jesus' birth and we retell it every year. I want to think a bit more about just who that baby was.
His name shall be called...
The Mighty God
The everlasting Father
The prince of peace
Think about those names this year as you think about His birth. That one night in Bethlehem a child was born quite a humble birth. This baby would become our savior. He would become our prince of peace. He came and lived among us... He eventually died so that we might live. Without Him we would be lost. Let's not just remember his birth this year, let's also remember just how awesome a gift He was. And let's hope this awesomeness will be on our minds more than the presents and all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Let's pray that Jesus will always be our reason for the season.
Dear Lord, thank you for today. Thank you so much for giving us the gift of life. I pray that we can keep our eyes focused on you during this busy holiday season. I pray that we will always remember all you have done for us and I pray that we will share that joy with all those around us. I pray that you alone will be worshiped this Christmas season.
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