We learned in our mid-week bible study from the Book of Luke the story of baby Jesus. I think we all have heard various versions, but all end up with the basic concept Baby Jesus was born in a manger. I read not that long ago that scholars say that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day because they state the shepherds were tending their flock and they wouldn’t be doing that in the middle of winter. Whatever the real day is, we celebrate “The Reason for the Season” on Christmas Day. So, let us look at why we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
Jesus Loves Those That Love Him
Mary is a shining example of someone that loves Jesus. A common folk who was just a lady when the angel came to her and told her that she was chosen to be the carrier of God’s son. Nothing illustrates this more than Luke 1:38.
“I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said”
Joseph would be another fine example. Think what you might do if you found out your girlfriend was pregnant ant you were not involved sexually? I think we can all agree that our first reaction would be to walk away and not look back. But what would you do if an angel came to you in a dream like what happened to Joseph as told to us in Luke 1:18-24.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Small Grows Bigger
We have all seen something start off small and after a while, it just keeps growing and growing till it gets bigger. Our children are like that and so was baby Jesus as we read in the scriptures.
Once you have read the bible, you will have followed the thirty-three years of Jesus. From the day he was born and placed in the manger all the way to the cross where he paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
But stop, it doesn’t stop getting bigger at the cross. Thousands of years later his life story, and all the scriptures that go with it are still growing even today as more Christians join the love of God era.
Your life has grown as well but what is your purpose here? Only the Heavenly Father knows that but when the time comes, he will tell you.
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
Do It Now
How many times can you remember someone telling you to do something now? Maybe a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, or a boss? In most cases we are told to do something because it is for our own good. Children doing their own homework as an example.
Have you ever given any thought to how God tells us to do something? That can come to us in a variety of ways such as His Word, maybe an angel or a messenger of Jesus such as a parent, pastor, coach, or maybe a friend you just haven’t met yet.
Imagine the reaction of the shepherds tending their flocks on the hillside when an angel spreading the joy of the birth of our savior. They wasted no time and headed to Bethlehem to see what the fuss was all about.
What excuses do we use not to do something that we are told to do right away?
Too busy or too tired;
Have other things to do;
The shepherds could use similar excuses like below:
• “We can’t leave these sheep here with nobody to watch our animals”;
• “The distance is too far, and we are tired already”;
• “What is the hurry, we can go another time”;
Instead, they dropped what they were doing and headed to see the miracle child that the angels were proclaiming. Because they did what they were told now, they received their blessing right away.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments
No matter how you celebrate Christmas, we will still have these lessons from the birth of Baby Jesus:
1. Jesus Loves Those That Love Him;
2. Small Grow Bigger;
3. Do It Now:
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood