12 Days of Christmas Devotions: Day Eleven
This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our Saviour's birth. The eleventh day is brought to you by Sam Duthie, Pastor from Grace Presbyterian Church in Gore.
Christmas; Still something to get excited about
Christmas. Here it comes again. Just like we had last year, and all the years before that. It seems the older we get the faster it gets here. This sort of attitude often takes the excitement out of Christmas. Even those of us who believe in the historical person of Jesus, still find ourselves getting a bit ho-hum about it as we race through the month of December, tidying up work, finishing projects, and getting through the end of year hustle and bustle. So the question is for us is: Is Christmas still something to get excited about? Is it really worth celebrating? How is it that many babies have been born over many centuries, some even grew to be Kings, Queens and Emperors, yet none are celebrated the world over like Jesus is? This leads us to think there must be something about Christ to excite us. There must be more to it than a fairy tale?
Read - Luke 2:8-15
Well that’s all very nice. But where’s the great excitement in this? What’s so special? We say yes yes he was the son of God. Yes this was a special birth of immaculate conception blah blah blah. We have heard it a thousand times. But why does that matter? How does that you bring you excitement? Does it?
The Bible tell us that because of mankind rebelling against God, we were lost in transgressions and sins, that we were by nature separated from God. God is perfect. We are not. Because God is just he must punish sin, and if we are sinners, which we are, then that means there is a judgement coming to all of us who are not perfect. That’s means you and I have a problem. I appreciate its perhaps not very nice being told you have a problem. Well we all have various problems and issues in our lives, but the problem that Christmas address is a common problem, and issue we all share. God is perfect. We are not. We cannot live to his standard. The Bible says there is only two options at the end of life. Heaven and hell.
And maybe you are stating to think, well this is getting less exciting by the minute. I’ll stop reading here I think. Besides I’ve heard all this before. But Jesus coming just over 2000 years ago marks the fulfilment of the most exciting promise that God had made. That his son, would be the perfect one to pay the price to make us right with God, to restore our relationship with our creator, and to make peace and eternal security possible once more.
John 3:16. says, for God so loved the world, he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. This is the exciting bit! This is why we still celebrate Christmas 2000 years after it happened. God sent his son, in a great act of mercy, to come and to live a perfect life, to die on the cross to take the punishment you are I deserve for our sins and our rebellion against God. Christmas means that you are I now have the opportunity, for peace, real peace and hope. Because Jesus can make us right with our perfect God. He can forgives our sins because Jesus paid the price for us.
The coming of God to be with mankind is something that is exciting, it is amazing, and it should never cease to excite us! So even if you have heard all this a thousand times before, be excited! Remember when you open your gifts this year, that Jesus truly was the greatest gift of all. He came to forgive our sins, and restore us to God. He came to do what we couldn’t do ourselves, He truly is the reason for the season. You can have eternal life. You can avoid hell. You can inherit heaven. And its all because of what happened at Christmas! So be thankful and be excited! Christmas is always something to be excited about!