I crave variety. I can get bored with eating the same oatmeal for breakfast (even though I do), watching a movie more than once, or reading a book for the second time. Variety is the spice of life. But when it comes to Christmas, I don't mind that it’s basically the same gig every year -- decorate the tree, put up lights, bake the cookies, eat more than I should, which leads to trying to lose those extra pounds come January. Traditions abound. The process of buying and wrapping gifts while listening to Christmas music may feel like pressure to some, but I really don’t mind it -- especially since my wife does most of the shopping. These are just a few of my favorite things.
When all of that comes to an end, what I look forward to the most is revisiting the story of the birth of our Savior. But the familiarity that surrounds this story may cause us to forget its significance.
Jesus was born to a virgin mother named Mary. His father, Joseph, was a humble man and chose to obey God rather than protect his reputation. Joseph took Mary to his hometown of Bethlehem where he could not find a place to stay other than a stable. Jesus, the Son of God, was born, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a
Then the birth announcement came. I can imagine Joseph in Heaven talking to the other dads who are there.
“How did you announce the birth of your child?” he might ask. “Chocolate bars? An Instagram post? That’s nice.”
Then a smirk would come across his face and he would proudly announce, “Mary and I had a great company of the heavenly host of angels appear announcing our baby’s birth. No big deal.”
Luke 2:10-11 reports the account of the angel speaking to the shepherds, “'Do not be afraid. I bring you
A Savior has been born. Not just a Good Teacher. Not just a Helper and Healer. But a Savior -- because we need to be saved. We need to be saved from our sin and from ourselves. The birth of our Savior is the Good News that will bring great joy to all people. In the middle of the mundane traditions, the same songs, and an old, familiar story, may we never lose the wonder of a young, obedient mother, a courageous father, and the birth of a Savior for this weary