Let us look only to Jesus. He is the one who began our faith, and he makes our faith perfect. Jesus suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing. He did this because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. Think about Jesus. He held on patiently while sinful men were doing evil things against him. Look at Jesus’ example so that you will not get tired and stop trying. Hebrews 12:2-3 (ICB)
One of my favorite days of the holiday season is the day we put up the Christmas decorations. This has always been a family event and now it includes my three beautiful granddaughters. This year, the oldest one wanted to be responsible for setting up the small nativity scene on my hearth. This set includes several shepherds, musicians, animals, angels and wise men along with Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. In the past, I always kept Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus inside the small, open-faced building, while the rest of the figures stood outside around them.
While I was busy decorating the tree and directing the placement of our traditional family decorations, my granddaughter worked quietly and lovingly arranging the figures in the scene. When it came time to light the little bulb above the building, we could barely see it. She had put all the figures in front of the Baby Jesus, with their backs to the outside.
When her daddy asked her why she crowded them all into the little building she answered, “They’re all adoring the Baby Jesus. He’s the most important part.”
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
How right she is. He IS the most important part. The birth of Jesus, God’s gift of His Son to us, is the most important part of Christmas. It is the reason we celebrate, the reason we pray, the reason we believe, the reason we hope.
Maybe this has slipped your mind this season. Maybe you’re discouraged. Maybe there is fear and anxiety about the upcoming holiday. Maybe there is sadness that this Christmas will be so different from all the Christmases before. Maybe there are only thoughts of gifts and stockings and Grandma’s pumpkin pie. Maybe the grown-ups are too busy with their lists and their parties and their cooking and wrapping to remember that Jesus is the most important part of the season. Maybe you need to remind them.
As you pray for your mom or your dad or grandma and grandpa or your aunt and uncle, remember that it is because of Jesus. Jesus came to earth to serve as a bridge between us and God. He is the one who hears our prayers and serves as our advocate on high. He is the one who brings us peace when things seem to be spinning out of control. He is the one who gives us the strength to continue to walk this difficult road. He is the one who is the way, the truth and the light for those we pray for. He is the one who gives us hope. And He is faithful. Let’s turn all eyes on Jesus this season.
For this reason Jesus had to be made like his brothers in every way. He became like men so that he could be their merciful and faithful high priest in service to God. Then Jesus could bring forgiveness for their sins. Hebrews 2:17 (ICB)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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