|I am thankful to be among a group of believers who are not afraid to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It astounds me to hear some Christians talk about how ungodly the world is becoming and then miss out on the one season each year when the world considers Jesus.
I am thankful to be among a group of believers who are not afraid to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It astounds me to hear some Christians talk about how ungodly the world is becoming and then miss out on the one season each year when the world considers Jesus.
The birth of Jesus is a biblical truth. Paul reminds us, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Matthew and Luke both give us detailed insights into the events surrounding his arrival. Do you have a good reason for ignoring this biblical subject?
Yes, I know the standard line, “But you don’t know when he was born!” referring to the date. If you don’t like December 25, choose a date—any date. But don’t complain about others who set this time aside as a season to rejoice in God drawing near.
A significant reality about Jesus’ birth is that God came to be with us. When I face a crisis there are people that I know understand and care about me. But the ones that I am most likely to connect with are the ones who choose to be with me through that crisis. God chose to show his love and understanding completely. Because of his immanence, Jesus was called Immanuel—“God with us” (Mt. 1:23).
Tell the stories of the reindeer. Enjoy the carols about jingle bells. Spend time with families and exchange gifts. But don’t ignore the greatest gift of all. When you praise God for his gift of redeeming love, you honor Jesus. Marvel at the greatest love the world has ever seen. Consider Joseph and Mary and their amazing faith. Realize the incredible drive that led the wise men to follow that star and worship him. Wise men and women still worship him.
As noted on the cover, one way we will celebrate the birth of Jesus is through our third annual Christmas program. We would love to have you join us for any of the three nights. As we remember Jesus we can make this a Christmas to Remember!
John Kenneth King