I’m sure you would all agree that the month of December is crazy. I’ve had a few friends list off all the things they have to do before Christmas, but despite seeming a little overwhelmed, they still have a joy about everything they have to do. I think the reason we can be so joyful among the craziness, is because at the heart of what we are doing, we are celebrating what our Creator has done for us. Our God, who is so far beyond our complete understanding, who spoke our intricate universe into being, loved us so much that he came down to our level so he can relate with us. He stepped into our shoes and experienced rejection and death, so we can be rescued from ourselves. It is pretty intense that God might do this for people who love him, but he did all this for us while we were his enemies.(Romans 5:7-8) This is life changing stuff. Christmas celebrates grace, because Jesus’ birth points to Jesus’ death, but more specifically, we are celebrating the moment Christ took his first breath on Earth. We are celebrating the humility of our God, as he tiptoed into our World.
Christ took his first breath on Earth while lying in a manger, because he and his parents were rejected by the overcrowded inn. His first visitors were shepherds in the fields. Talk about a low-key entrance for a king. He entered the world in the exact opposite way people expected him to. This shows the nature of our God. Our God is humble. Our God is love. Although he stepped into this world with barely a sound, the lengths he went to, to rescue us have reverberated across time and are still transforming our hearts daily.
During the craziness of the holidays or just the chaos of life in general, let your hearts rest in the humility and love of our Savior. Live in awe of our God’s willingness to become like us so we can understand His love. Remember his love so you can love others more. Let Him carry you through the hard times and dance with you through the good times. Christmas is a celebration and a reminder of what we are celebrating with our whole lives. I love you all and pray you all have a fantastical Christmas!