How did your Christmas go this year? Did you give more gifts than you received? Was your family complete when you celebrated the most awaited celebration this year 2017?
Growing up, I was always excited and happy during the Christmas season. I know there’s a gift waiting for me under the Christmas Tree. I would readily search gifts that had my name on it and try to guess what’s in it. On Christmas Eve, usually all my uncles, aunts, cousins, grandmother, friends and some neighbors would join us to celebrate “Noche Buena.” Then we will receive some calls from abroad by our parents and family to greet us a “Merry Christmas.” And then we proceed to the highlight of the moment which is the gift giving… they will call each of our names to receive our gifts one by one. The atmosphere is so lively, peaceful, and happy every Christmas day.
Now, fast forward. Every time I hear Mariah Carey’s song All I want for Christmas is you,” I always answer that song and think about my wife. Obviously, she’s all I really want every Christmas. To celebrate this season together with her is one of the greatest blessings! This also reminded me about the first Christmas. Mary and Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem with a child concieved in her womb. There was no available guest room for them that’s why they ended up on the manger surrounded by hay and some animals. They didn’t have anything on that cold night: no hotel room, no dinner, no gifts, and no anything that we would consider necessary today as “Christmas Essentials.” Surprisingly, even though they did not have all of the above, that night was still the most special, life-changing, and most blessed birthday party ever because they had “Jesus” our Savior, Lord, Redeemer, the one and only Messiah.
The first Christmas was a picture of a married couple expecting their firstborn child. It was just Joseph, his wife Mary, and their baby Jesus. It is only after the birth of Jesus that they started receiving gifts of gold, treasures, frankincense, myrrh and protection. All of these were added unto them after they accepted and acknowledged Jesus first in their lives.
Happy birthday, Jesus. The world is a better place because you were born. You became flesh and dwelled among us.
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Question: What do you really want for this Christmas? Don’t you think it’s about time to accept Jesus Christ as the Lord and your Savior?
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