Christian Living

Advent Part 1: Getting back to the heart of Christmas

Most people that celebrate Christmas have Christmas traditions. Even if they’re not called traditions, things that are done the same each year on or around Christmas that we begin to associate with Christmas are our traditions. As I think about some of the things my family has done on Christmas, it brings a smile to my face. I remember Christmas morning always being such a joyful time. The familiarity and sweetness of waking up my younger siblings, who often spent the night all together in my room, and going through our stockings together warms my heart.

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As we’ve grown, it looks a little different, but Christmas is always a sweet day to be with family. And we have always read the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas, and we have gone to Christmas eve service, but in my own walk with the Lord, I’ve learned that I have a tendency to forget the immense importance of Jesus’ birth. I’ve seen nativity scene after nativity scene, and I know the story like the back of my hand, but Christmas has become so much more than celebrating Jesus’ birth. And though none of those other things are bad by any means, I’ve let them distract from the miracle that was the birth of my Savior!

I love the song “Oh Holy Night”. It reminds me that the celebration of Christmas is meant to remember a truly¬†holy night. The lyrics tell of the world pining in sin and error. And when Jesus was born, the soul felt its worth. “Fall on your knees!” Shouldn’t that be our response? We should be kneeling in awe of Jesus our Savior and praising God for the gift that is His son.

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I think it can be easy to forget how long people waited for Jesus. Since sin came into the world, we needed a Savior. And God promised one. Jesus had been awaited for about 700 years from the first prophecy, but we needed a savior since the Fall of man. Imagine the excitement in knowing the promises and prophecies of a Savior born in Bethlehem and then meeting Jesus. It may have been hard to understand how a baby could save mankind, but the humanity of Jesus is so important. Because Jesus was man and God, we can trust Him in everything, knowing He’s gone through life as a human.

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This advent season I am doing something I haven’t done before, and really wish I had! I am working on a scripture writing/reading plan I found on organicchristianliving.com. It is 20 days of preparing your heart for Christmas. There are a lot of plans out there online or maybe you have a devotional book, but my challenge to you if you don’t already have something like this in place is to start now. Christmas is so much more than festive music, movies, and decorations. I love those things and totally indulge in all things Christmas, but let’s get back to the heart of Christmas this season. Join me in really digging into the meaning of Christmas, the birth of the Savior we all needed, our King Jesus.

 

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