This time of year you will often hear the religious folks say that “Jesus is the reason for the season” but you wouldn’t think it if you have been out in the world over the last few days. The stores, the traffic and all of the holiday activity makes that notion a bit hazy.
Now that all the shopping, parties and rushing around is over, we have a day to catch our breath. Take a time out from the world. Some of you are enjoying watching children open their presents while you spend time with you family. It is a day to reflect and maybe think about this day.
The excitement from watching the results of us buying gifts for others arrives and soon it will be over in a flash after weeks of anticipation. The gifts that were open under the tree will eventually lose its excitement and our days will find its way back to the routine of our lives. We are reminded that the gifts aren’t what makes us happy but it is the relationships with the people we care about that last.
In spite of the evidence we see, the birth of Jesus is the reason we have Christmas. No, it isn’t his actual birth date and there has been a lot of pagan rituals mixed in over the years but the birth of Jesus over 2,000 years ago was the most significant birth in the history of the world. Of course today people get so easily offended if you say anything about Him or wish someone a Merry Christmas.
That’s crazy. The birth of Jesus shouldn’t offend anyone. The problem is the people who try to sell Jesus or push their version of Him on people.
You can have a relationship with Jesus without having to be super religious. Sadly too many religious folks give Him a bad rap. Don’t be turned off by the crazies. You don’t have to act weird to have a relationship with Him. He wants to have a relationship with us.
A relationship with Jesus Christ is the gift that many fail to open but can be the greatest gift of all. I won’t lie to you, your problems won’t be over but it will be different. I can’t possibly convince you with my words, you have to experience it yourself.
My own life has revolved around the church and being taught about Christ. It has just been the past ten years that my relationship with Him has changed and evolved into a more personal experience rather than the emotional cheerleader experience of the previous years. I have found a God that you don’t have to yell and scream (or speak in tongues) at to get His attention. It has been a gamechanger for me. I like this version of Jesus much better and He is more like the one I read about in the Bible. No, my life hasn’t been perfect and I haven’t always done the right thing but life with Christ has been wonderful for me. His grace and mercy has helped me through the many ups and downs and twists and turns in my life.
The birth of Jesus is a gift to us from God. 2 Corinthians 9:15 says “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”