Before I go to sleep I love to read and listen to traditional Christmas music playing softly in the background. The music, the lights and decorations, the giving and receiving of gifts, parties and visiting with friends and loved ones, the special programs at churches all have special significance.
Why does Christmas never grow old? What makes Christmas something that we long for? We wait expectantly like children as the advent season draws near.
The angel tells Mary she is to have a baby… “…you shall call his name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Mt 1:21
“…Immanuel…God with us…a shepherd of the people…” Mt 1:22, Mt 2-6
“…she (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn, a son, wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” Lk 2:7
An angel appears to the shepherds in the fields attending their flocks.
“… Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Lk 2:10-11
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Lk 2:14
“And all who heard wondered at what the shepherds told them.” Lk 2:19
Wise men came and presented priceless gifts to the newborn babe.
“…they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Mt 2:11
Why does Christmas never lose its appeal? It’s the annual retelling, the commemoration of Jesus’ birth. Jesus, who is, was, and is eternal. Christmas lights burn out. Presents wear out, break, or get thrown out. Loved ones pass away, but Jesus never leaves us.
Jesus, we bring ourselves to you. We have seen the star. We come to you bringing gifts, our talents and love. We thank you for the greatest gift you have given us, salvation – to live with you in eternity.