Evidences of Christmas surround us, but in two weeks they’ll disappear for another ten or eleven months. The message of Christmas, however, stays with us year-round. It’s meant to impact our lives every day, not just on December 24th and 25th and for a limited time before and after.
The message of Christmas is “Emmanuel—God with us.” It celebrates God becoming man and moving into our neighborhood. He became like us in every way, excluding the sinful part, because He values us and yearns for relationship with us. His life, death, and resurrection cut the chains of sin and its destructive influence in the lives of those who place their faith in Him for salvation.
Imagine a love so compelling that it motivated God to give up heaven’s glory, clothe Himself in humanity, and take up residence on earth.
His incarnation is what we celebrate this season, but let’s remember the difference it makes today. And tomorrow. And the next time we feel lonely or betrayed, frustrated or scared. Let’s live as though Christmas is more than a manger in Bethlehem and the shepherds and the wise men. Let’s live as though His birth really did bring good news of great joy for all people.
What’s that great news? Shame and guilt no longer hold us captive because Jesus washes us as white as snow and gives us a new beginning. Addictions no longer rule over us because He gives us the strength to say no. Fear no longer paralyzes us because His presence brings courage. Discouragement and sorrow cannot overwhelm us because He is our peace. And our wisdom. And source of joy. He’s our protector, provider, wisdom, and strength. Everything we need to live godly lives is ours because God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Celebrate Christ’s birth this season, and let the Christmas message impact your life every day from now on. Somewhere in the midst of your busyness, make a moment to think about the words found in Zephaniah 3:17: “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Ponder what God’s presence means to you this season and beyond, my friend. And celebrate with joy!
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