So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
Birthdays are special. They acknowledge a person’s entrance into the world and the value that others place on their life. When we celebrate someone’s birthday we are saying to them, “I am really glad you were born. My life has been enriched because you are here!”
It is a wonderful thing when people remember our birthday. It provides an annual opportunity to know that we are important to others. Birthday celebrations encourage us. They affirm our significance and buoy our sense of belonging.
Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. His birth was like no other. Jesus left the glory of heaven to come to earth. As God, He became flesh and identified Himself with every challenge we face and difficulty we encounter. He victoriously conquered every trial and temptation that came His way.
Jesus went to the cross and freely gave His life so that our sins could be forgiven. He rose from the tomb, overcoming death and the grave. He ascended back to heaven where He serves as our High Priest and soon coming King. Our lives are different because He was born!
As you celebrate Jesus’ birth this year, take time to think about who He is and what He means to you. As you remember His birth, let Him know how much you love and appreciate Him. Let Him know that you are really glad He was born!
Lord, as we celebrate your birth, we cannot imagine what our lives would be like without you. How thankful we are that you were willing to leave the glory of heaven and come to earth. We appreciate all you have done for us, all you are doing for us now, and the wonderful things you have planned for our future. Jesus, as we remember the day of your birth we want you to know how much you mean to us. In your name, Amen.