We have entered into the season of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Deck the Halls and many other seasonal favorites. There is absolutely nothing amiss with singing the carols of the season, but we must remember that it was a “Holy Night” for a reason. “O’ Holy night, the stars are brightly shining; it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.” The Prophet Isaiah prophesied, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
Upon that declaration, it is crucial that we remember that the existence of the Son of God did not commence with His birth in Bethlehem. He is spoken of as the Son before He became a man. Micah prophesies of His birth, but yet state that His “Goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2).
John exclaims that He existed “In the beginning” before anything was created. (John 1:1-3). Even before He was born of Mary, He appeared to men in the Old Testament as the “Angel of the Lord.” It is clear that this Angel is no ordinary angel because He is identified as God in Exodus 3:1. While we indeed celebrate the Savior’s birth, let us not demagnetize His purpose. He did not remain a babe wrapped in swaddling cloth, nor did He remain the 12 year old who sat attentively in the Temple listening to the Elders. Jesus Christ was fully man apart from sin, and as a man He experienced the normal physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth as others did. He suffered pain, hunger, thirst, fatigue, temptation, pleasure and rest. Because of His complete humanity, He is sympathetic and compassionate towards us. In other words, that baby in the manger has grown up and is able to relate to anything we could ever face in this life.
This is the time of the year that many suffer depression, oppression, sorrow, and loneliness. Not only was our Savior born, but He also died so that we could live free from all of the afore mentioned states. Family of God, as we enter into this Christmas Season, continue to enjoy your favorite carols. Cherish the time with family and purpose to keep it Holy, knowing that our Savior is no longer in Bethlehem (as a baby), but He’s with us (Emanuel). Trust Him to be God of your life in this holiday season.
Be Bountifully Blessed,