TITLE: Letting Jesus Be Jesus This Christmas
By Victoria Weathers
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In the hustle and bustle of the Season, it is easy to get caught up in the commercial aspects of Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year after all. Everywhere we turn there are glittering bobbles filling our eyes with enchantment, wistful songs taking us back to a “safer” time in our lives, and fragrances filling the air making our experience seem complete. But it is only and illusion, a good one, but an illusion nonetheless.
Christmases, true memorable Christmases can never be purchased from any store. No decoration can make it real. No beautiful music can bring to us true Christmas each year. True Christmas can only come from worshiping the Christ—Jesus Christ—following His example of nobility, generosity and humility.
Jesus left Heaven where He was worshiped and adored. Where angels ministered joyfully before Him. Where He neither hungered nor thirsted. He never suffered the cold or heat. The place where death was an unwelcome stranger never entering the gates created from one majestic pearl. He left all of that for you and for me. That is nobility for nobility is marked always by pure selflessness.
He gave to all who asked of Him. When the Pharisees wanted His presence at a dinner designed only to size Him up, He went. When His mother asked of Him a miracle to keep a host from embarrassment, He complied. When ten lepers begged of Him healing, He healed knowing only one would be truly grateful. The ultimate example of Jesus’ generosity was in going to the cross - a flawless picture of humility.
Jesus left Heaven adored to enter the womb of a young teenager and be born amongst scandal in a filthy manger where the cattle fed. The smells alone created an unfit atmosphere for the Son of the Most High God to enter our mortal existence. He was worthy of as much fanfare and reverent celebration and we humans could muster.
There were now swank hotel accommodations for this King. No dignitaries falling all over themselves to welcome His arrival. He, the One who spoke the universe into existence, humbled Himself to become a tiny embryo and eventually be born into a meager home at best. He submitted Himself to the care of two fallible humans, Mary and Joseph, who were probably good people but flawed nevertheless. He humbled Himself ultimately as He bled and died for you and me on the cross.
This Christmas, while we gather with family and friends to celebrate the season. Let us not forget the true reason for the season. Remember we are His body. He still desires to be generous today. He still wants to show humility to a world who needs Him despiratley. He still wants to act nobly and give of Himseself to rescue those who have strayed or are lost. He does this mostly through His body.
As an act of worship, which is what Christmas truly is, let us continue His work of nobility, generosity and humility. The greatest act of worship...letting Jesus be Jesus in me.
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