Christmas Eve can be quite the hectic day. Today you will probably visit with family, eat a large meal, grab some last minute gifts, wrap those last minute gifts, attend a church service, bake some cookies, pour some milk, and do it all before 11:00 so Santa will come.
Let’s take a break from the crazy and remember why we celebrate this lovely, jam-packed holiday. We celebrate Christmas because we remember the most precious Gift we have ever been given.
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:7
When God gave Christ to the world, He did not provide Christ with a comfortable crib or a luxurious place to stay. He did not give Mary the gift of medicine to ease the pain of childbirth. He did not even provide for them a room in an inn. There literally was no place for them. They probably felt alone, afraid, and rejected.
God did, however,give them something that out-weighed all of those things He chose not to give. He blessed them, and the world, with the Son of God. Redemption came to us in the middle of the night, in the middle of pain, in the middle of discomfort, in the middle of a smelly barn filled with smelly animals.
How far away have we gotten from remembering the reality of the first Christmas night. How much do we forget that the first Christmas was not about sitting by the fire side on our over-sized chairs, drinking hot chocolate, and opening presents. It is not the worldly gifts that Mary treasured in her heart in Luke 2:19, it was the gift of salvation that God blessed her with through her first born son.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:11
We have been given so much more than gift cards, Christmas sweaters, or the next Apple product. We have been given a Savior, to liberate us from the trappings of this world. We no longer need to rely on such things for temporary happiness, joy, or hope. Some 2,000 years ago, He came and was given to us. Let’s remember the real, fulfilling joy of Christmas. Christ