The Wonder of Christmas

Have you ever given this a thought: Every year we have an allotted amount of time to zone in and focus on the reason for Christmas? I was thinking about this reality the other day. God knew that in 2017, this time of year for about a month would be filled with wonder, lights, music, family, and time to specifically celebrate the birth of His Son.

My appeal to you today is this: Train yourself and intentionally set your mind on the reason for the season: Jesus.

We don’t appreciate the wonder of Christmas as much as we should. Many of us have taken the child King for granted, and we forget the true miracle of what God did for us.

God sent a baby.

He sent a child to begin the mission of saving the world from sin. Isn’t that crazy? That’s the way God chose to save humanity.

He sent Jesus to live and dwell among us. We were lost and dead in our trespasses, and holiness came and entered into our messes to give us a hope we do not deserve. My prayer for us all is that we would focus on the wonder of Christmas, and that this wonder would impact our hearts.

But even though this is a season of wonder, the holidays can be tough for some of us. Depending on our family, loss we have experienced, or events that may have occurred during this season or even this past year, you may be struggling with feeling joyful and holly this Christmas.

My encouragement to you is this: take heart. Jesus is near. We celebrate Him this time of year not because He makes life perfect without any pain or sorrow, but we celebrate Him because He is Emmanuel (God with us). That’s where the wonder comes from. Not just in the presents, lights, decorations, or a seemingly trouble-free life. The wonder comes from the fact that God is with us. He came down and dwelt among us. He pours out hope when all we feel is hopelessness. He comforts us in our sorrows and was broken so we could be healed. If you open your heart to Him, He can come and dwell with you. As He dwells, you have access to the comfort you may need this holiday season.

Jesus is the reason for the season. When we open ourselves to Him, our hearts will be filled with glorious wonder as we come to know and love our Savior King.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14