Welcome to the season of Christmas! It’s such a wonderful time of year and probably the only time when everybody tries to get along at the dinner table. This specific season reminds everyone that we’re supposed to be merry and happy. That’s what the cards, stamps, commercials, and elves tell us all.
Even though with every new year the season of Christmas changes with exciting products and better ideas and the new year might come and go, for Christians, it doesn’t change. Christmas becomes that single point for Christians to come together. Churches and families are packed on Christmas as we all listen together to that one common denominator that connects us all — Jesus Christ.
Living in a commercial world we might believe that certain items are only useful for certain people. But the message of Christmas isn’t just for Christians. The reason why we celebrate Christmas is to hear what God wants for everyone to hear, which is the wonderful news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ being born in a stable. But the announcement of Jesus isn’t just for Jewish people or for Christians. The Bible states in Luke:10 “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” In Luke:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
When the angels spoke to the shepherds, they could have turned away. They were after all working, and had to care of their livestock. They were paid to care of their sheep. Shepherds were at the bottom of the working totem pole and couldn’t afford to leave work. But they heard this good news and wanted to see what the angels had said. Can we blame them? If angels appeared at your job and told you wonderful news, what would you do? I probably would drop everything and go to the city of David to see this wonderful gift!
People might think the news of Christmas is old, but it’s not. As a Christian for over 25 years, Christmas for me is still new. It’s new because it reminds us all that God still loves everyone each and every day. And it’s new because it reminds us that this gift never gets olds.
People young and old have a chance to hear the good news of Jesus. If you have heard this good news your whole life-time or if this is the first time you’re interested in Christmas, may God be with you. May God reach your heart and tell you that Jesus’ birth is for you.
As the angels sang that night, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” God is pleased because Christ has been born. God is pleased because His Son is the reason why we have Christmas. As my daughter says, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
If you would like to hear more about Christmas I invite you to join us at Trinity Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve at 5:30 and 8 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10 a.m. Peace be with you during this Christmas season!