Monday, December 23, 2013
So how would you feel if it was your birthday and there was this big party and you invited everyone - friends, family, neighbors, workmates etc, and they too invited their friends and neighbors. But as the guests come in, no one bothers to wish you a happy birthday or even acknowledge you in any way. Everyone is more excited about the food, drinks, party favors, music, entertainment. You smile at your guests and some of them ignore you. It's bad enough that most of them have not even bothered with a gift, not that you really want their gifts. So you quietly sit at a corner and smile politely at your guests, and everyone is busy talking to everyone else and enjoying the food and drink and entertainment that you have spared no expense to provide.
I am sure if you are anything like me, you would be really mad. No one likes to be treated this way. So why do we do this to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season. But we have made it about the food and the drinks and the holidays and the gifts. Most of us do not spare even a minute to wish Jesus a happy birthday. We do not show any appreciation for the great sacrifice He made, just so that we may be reconciled with God the Father. He was not born so that He could have a nice time on earth, the plan was clear from the very beginning - He was born - God taking on a human form - so that He could die for you and me. He left His place in heaven knowing that He was coming to die, and yet He remained obedient to His Father's will.
And what about His Father? This was His only son! He gave His only Son to die for an ungrateful lot of humans. I have two sons and I don't see myself giving up even one of them for ANYTHING! God gave His Only Son for You and Me!
Put yourself in Jesus' shoes for a minute. How would you feel if it was your birthday and your friends and family treated you the way we treat Jesus at Christmas time?
If you really are grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross at Calvary, take some time to wish Him a happy birthday. Acknowledge His Lordship. Acknowledge your need for Him in Your life. He is The Reason For The Season!
Happy Birthday Lord Jesus!
And Merry Christmas to everyone.