Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love exchanging gifts, decorating our tree and home, and partying with family and friends. While these traditions in themselves are wonderful, I so easily let them become the highlight of the holiday. In the midst of enjoying all of the wonderful celebrations, I forget what I’m celebrating.
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
At Christmastime we celebrate that the Son of God came to save His people from their sins. He left the glorious throne room of heaven to do what we could not do by living a perfect life on earth. He entered into our broken world so that He could die in our place.
I hate the trite phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” But as hackneyed as the expression may be, it is still important to heed. In all honesty, it is easy to lose sight of Jesus during this time. And it’s not the retailers’ or the media’s or the world’s fault – it’s my fault that I lose sight of Jesus. I forget that I give gifts because God gave me the gift of salvation through Jesus’ life and death. I forget that while Christmas parties and decorations are enjoyable, they are a means to celebrate and enjoy our Lord.
Just like during the rest of the our life, we must be intentional to turn our focus to God this Christmas season, remembering who He is and what He has done. May our response be as Mary’s was when meditating on the coming Savior – that of worship.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.