This afternoon after lunch my Tony and I along with the boys will celebrate the birth of Jesus with some Walmart cupcakes and songs. I can’t wait! He is the reason for our celebration.
As I look at my Sawyer, a mere 10 months, I think of Mary and how she must have marveled at her Son. Sammy is 3, and I’m certain she took delight in Jesus at this precious age – busy, inquisitive, loving, compassionate. Was she challenged with discipline issues?? As I do, surely she embraced each moment of challenge seeking God’s guidance. A recent sermon our pastor preached on Joseph revealed a great deal about him I had not previously gathered. Although we think we don’t know much about him, he was obedient to God’s leading each time he’s mentioned in God’s Word. Certainly they knew their Son was special for many reasons.
What I like about Jesus’ birth was his humble beginnings. And actually, humble he remained. He’s been my friend and held my hand for many years now. I praise Him for He is as real to me as the air I breathe – yet I can not physically see both. But I need both. I can’t imagine my life without Him. 1 Peter 1:8 & 9 (NIV) says “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” AMEN! Oh, how grateful I am for the grace given me to believe in Him!
As Sammy and I have discussed having a birthday celebration for Jesus, I can see the look in his eye, wondering “what do we give Jesus on his birthday?” I’ve told Sammy the best gift we have to offer Him is ourselves. I’ve trusted Father to convey the truth of that to Sammy’s heart. The nativity scene was out this morning and when Sammy woke up he said “But where is Baby Jesus?” Literally, he’s on top of the fridge, but I told Sammy when we celebrated His birthday we would put him in the manger. But he also wanted to know “Really, where is Jesus, Momma?” So I explained that He lives in mine and daddy’s heart because we believe in Him. Ah, Father, help me navigate these questions with truth and grace!
So Jesus not only had humble beginnings, but He remained so during His life here, because He came to serve, not to be served and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28, NIV). He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, as scripture foretold, “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”(Matt. 21:5, Isa. 62:11, Zec. 9:9). He bore my disgrace and shame willingly by being crucified for my sins – He was completely innocent of any sin (John 19). He rose from the grave (John 20) Praise HIM! He is indeed alive and seated at the Right Hand of God in the heavenly realms (Eph. 1:20)! And He is coming back at just the right time. And when He does, according to John in Revelation 19:11-16, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True….on his head are many crowns….on his robe and on his thigh he has the name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Rejoice all ye people!
By the way, that’s not my Chevy Chase Christmas tree pictured above. That’s a tree from Oakland Height’s Baptist Church Festival of Trees. The tree had on it the Name’s of God. It was my favorite of the festival. Beautiful!