“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NKJV)
The first ones to hear the good news of the Savior’s birth were a few shepherds who were taking care of their flock by night. Humanly speaking, if something important occurs, the news spreads like wildfire. No sooner the message spreads through various means thanks to social media. Subsequent to Christ’s birth was the news report given by mighty heavenly angels to the shepherds. If we look at this from another angle, the incarnation of the Word was not reported to wealthy and powerful people but to ordinary shepherds! Does not this teach us that God is not concerned with our worldly possessions? Though God loves both the affluent and poor alike, He has a special concern for the latter. Please do not misunderstand that I am underestimating the importance and necessity of wealth. But riches and luxuries are in no way a symbol of biblical blessings. True blessedness comes through spiritual growth, Christian fellowship and through a solid trust in God’s unfailing trustworthiness. God calls both the wealthy and poor alike to become His children and be heirs to all spiritual and heavenly blessings.
This Christmas season, God is looking deep into our hearts. He is not looking at how glamorously we are celebrating the auspicious occasion. He is not looking at how melodiously we sing Christmas hymns. Nor is He looking at how much wealth we spend for a grand celebration. But He is looking for hearts who have a deep love and affection for Christ. Christ is the reason, Christ is the message. Christmas without Christ is not Christmas! A heart filled with joy is born when we love and adore Christ from the deepest parts of our hearts. If we have such a heart, our attitude towards Christmas will be acceptable and pleasing in God’s sight.
People all around the globe are celebrating Christmas in myriad ways. But God is not concerned with style! He is concerned with the heart! The first ever Christmas message proclaimed included the words, ‘good tidings of great joy for all people’. There is no need to say here that joy is a matter of choice. If you choose to accept Christ, you receive His peace and joy. The great joy of Christmas is felt when we focus on God’s unspeakable love which was manifest in Christ.
What is your attitude for Christmas celebrations? Do you have the joy, the pleasure, which the Lord demands? Are you concerned more for the love of God? Are you glad in Him? Think carefully on these words. Make Christmas not just a reason to celebrate but also to give Christ the first place in everything. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!