It’s hard to believe that another year is nearly over and we are back to Christmas already. It’s tempting to get caught up in all the busy-ness of the season and forget what it’s all about. I’m usually pretty good at procrastinating, I was the king of it when I was a student. But for a very special reason I tend not to procrastinate so much coming up to Christmas, well I’m getting much better. Christmas is that one time of the year I don’t want to get caught up in the shopping frenzy, I don’t want to loose track of how many parties I need to go to or how many friends I need to see, I don’t want to sit down at the end of 25th December and think, “What the heck just happened for the last four weeks.” I’m more determined than ever to remember what Christmas is all about and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.
You see, for me when I think about Christmas I immediately cast my mind back to that first Christmas. Oh to have been a fly on that wall. Without that Christmas past there would be no Christmas present or future. Without that baby born in a manger there would be no holiday, no peace on earth, no shepherds, no wise men and certainly no annual nativity plays. But that is just it, God, in the form of a baby came down to this speck of the universe and was born in a stable surrounded by His earthly family, a bunch of smelly animals and soon no shortage of strangers. Jesus did it. Plain and simple, He did it for us. He did it back then and He has been doing it every day since, working to save mankind from itself. I know it’s a bit late, but I hope that this Christmas holiday you won’t get lost in all the peripheral trappings we associate with Christmas but take time to reflect on the Christmas past, the Christ child born in a manger.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2, New King James Bible.