Firstly I would love to say Merry Christmas to you and your family! I love how we find so much joy in sending out our messages and setting up our trees in the west.
Coming from what I consider the heart of Africa, Nigeria. Christmas looks very different there, but that’s the beauty of the festive holiday’s. To some it’s being with families and to others it’s unwrapping their presents and others are simply just grateful that they are here today.
From the nativity stories, to our Christmas lights and our lovely Christmas dinners nothing will ever truly encapsulate the story of the birth of Christ like the Bible does. I know it’s very easy to highlight a few verses in the Bible on Christmas Day and go off and enjoy or for others this day is completely dreaded.
Although, we don’t know the exact day Christ was born and quite frankly the omission was deliberate because what matters was that Jesus was born, a son is given a saviour and our king. Escaping the wrath of Herod through the divine instruction given to Joseph. Scripture is rich with the great detail of how Christ came. Now we can argue and debate all day long of the true origin of Christmas. It will still be celebrated, what matters is how is celebrated!
Some may prefer a quiet approach and others may prefer a bold approach but in both we should ensure that we greatly glorify Christ’s name. In doing this we must accept one timeless truth, Christ was born to be crucified and die for the sins of the world. I understand it’s easy to get lost in the sizes of the boxes under the tree and amount of dinner on the table and even putting up with a family member. I too have lived it all but something about the King of Kings being born in the most uncommon and unique places causes you to have a different perspective on Christmas.
The beauty of the birth of Christ the location and gifts symbolise that he is King and sheep who would be slaughtered for our transgressions. I’m sure you have either taken part in the nativity play or you have done the recital at church but if we must celebrate Christmas we must ensure it’s Christ we celebrating not a religious activity created by man.
As we open presents in joy and disappointment May we remember our greatest present is his presence and in doing so remember those that Christ would desire for us to remember in actions and prayers this Christmas this include those who are homeless, in prison, the fatherless, the widows, the persecuted, those who mourn and those who are broken.
So we know that we can celebrate the birth, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ everyday. So in choosing a day to amplify. let’s do it well. Let’s be in awe that the God who would direct the wise men (magi’s) who look to stars, God used the star to direct them to bring gifts to our saviour. That same God would choose a poor and humble family to come through and in no special place than a manager, that same God was the one who became man to be born for the ones who crucified him too.
So in being joyful this Christmas, what a year it has been indeed. Let’s look beyond our Christmas tree and look on the tree that Christ was crucified on and let’s celebrate well. Satan already works overtime to hinder Christmas with the alternatives or the focus on the materialistic items to the huge sales to many more. We must ensure we do not aid but rather In all things we do, in eating and drinking let’s glorify God. Let’s remember the lost ones, who celebrate and not know him. Let’s remember those who all they can wrap is themselves because it’s cold. Let’s remember the family members we have despised. Let’s remember those that we have grudges against and most importantly let’s remember the who was born is to return again soon. So let’s worship our King today and forevermore.
He has come, the light of the world
He has come, to bring us peace
He has come, to bring division
He has come, to die for us
He was born to come again!
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Matthew 2:10-11 KJV
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!