Reason For The Season!
Luke 2:1-7 describes the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Scripture says in v6, “…and while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, as son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was not lodging available to them.”
Christmas can be a lonely and depressing time. When we lose a loved one during the year, the holidays are always difficult. I know that personally I have had 3 loved ones; my dad, my brother in law and my nephew, who all died in and around the Christmas season and this time of year always brings that memory to the forefront and it can be quite debilitating. Thoughts like this can cast a great shadow over what our society portrays as ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’
I have also experienced personal setback in my career around the Christmas season. When this happens, Christmas can be especially intimidating. Our society has pumped this holiday into one huge ginormous happy, happy, joy, joy spend fest. But those who have no job, cannot spend the money and because of how Christmas is portrayed in society, it can be very depressing. It can leave you hopeless, feeling helpless to be the ‘Dad’ or ‘Husband’ you feel you should be. It can leave you feeling like a failure.
You may have some very traumatic life experience that has happened to you around this Christmas season and that experience has left you with bitter memories and a dimmed view of this ‘wonderful season.’
Looking at this Scripture in Luke 2, I want you to imagine yourself as Mary or Joseph. Newlyweds, but yet she is about to give birth, they have traveled via donkey and walking for miles to get to his hometown only to find that the there was no place to stay except the barn. Both Mary & Joseph had been visited by an angel telling them to trust God and that this was going to be a wonderful thing. However, when they got to Bethlehem, things did not appear so wonderful.
I don’t know about you but if I were a woman, I can almost guarantee you that, in the hay, in a barn, possibly on the ground… would NOT be where I wanted to have my baby. Also, didn’t that angel say this was the Son of God being born? Surely, this can’t be where he is born. But it was, God chose Bethlehem and a cattle stall for the birth of His Son, Jesus.
Jesus came into this world through what many would call a lowly birth, but those people place worth in the wrong things. When this young babe was born, in a stable, in the hay, among the animals, in the stench of the barn… it was not an unnoticed event! The birth of Jesus brought out the choir of heaven to burst forth in singing praises. The shepherds sitting with their sheep in the hills surrounding Bethlehem were treated to a heavenly chorus and a message about a Savior being born in their hometown.
You may be down right now in your life, you may be what many may call at a low point, but I want you to know this… God works wonderfully from the low points! Mary & Joseph trusted God, even when it was hard to ‘see’ what God was doing. From that lowly birth Jesus became the eternal Savior that offers redemption to all creation! God can take your lowly situation and bring you to salvation, redemption & ultimately into His divine will in service to Him. Without God we have nothing & life can beat us down, but with God we have purpose and we have deliverance.
The reason for the season is Jesus! I know that our society makes this Christmas season seem almost unbearable with how it is portrayed, but focus on the real reason for this season and that is Jesus, God’s gift to His creation, has come and we now have life and have it more abundant because of Him. Rejoice & be glad… Christmas can now have a deeper meaning. Now, Christmas can now have a healing effect for your soul. Jesus came so that you would be made whole AND that is the best Christmas present any of us can get!