Hello, everyone, I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far! Christmas is just around the corner and let’s just say I can’t wait. Personally, this time of year is one of my favorite seasons, but I know it’s easy for me to also get stressed this time of year. For me, it’s easy to have FOMO (fear of missing out) because there are so many things that you ‘have to do’ over these couple of weeks in December and honestly it can be exhausting.
So I want to encourage all of us to take a second and just simply be in the moment with our family and friends. Be disciplined and intentional, but if something falls through the cracks then it was meant to be. I know everyone says, “remember the reason for the season,” but that is true. Remember why we celebrate Christmas and take a moment to thank Jesus for His sacrifice.
His birth and eventual death brought about our salvation from our rebellion against God. During this time of year, we remember and celebrate the most culmination of human history. Without His humble sacrifice for those who hated Him, we would be forever lost.
“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason, I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”1
Over and over again the Old Testament points to Jesus’ birth and eventual sacrifice. So let’s point back to Christ as well, during this season instead of stressing ourselves out with unnecessary ‘traditions’ let’s slow down and take some time to really meditate on the scriptures of Jesus’ birth and resurrection because that’s what really matters. And with that in mind, we can enjoy those necessary traditions while sharing the good news of Jesus’ birth.
Because how different would we look if we traded stress for a calm thankfulness we have in our savior.
It’s a busy season and I think we all know that, but with Christ’s birth in mind, I think we can be bright lights in this dark world.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been bethrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was foudn to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us.’ And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.” 2
Redeemed by the King