Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 22, 2016

Whose Party Is This?

dec-22“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”  Luke 2:7 (NIV)

Christmas time is a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is His birthday and He is the “star of the show.”  To a lot of people, however, Christmas usually means buying lots of presents to exchange with family and friends, and opening their homes for parties, which entail lots of eating.  I am not bothered by the gift exchanging, which is a reminder of the gifts that were brought before Jesus in that stable on the day He was born. I am not bothered by the eating, as fellowship with others usually involves breaking bread together. I am saddened, however, to see how our minds can be so enthralled in the gifts and partying that we forget the main reason for the celebration: the birthday of Jesus.

We all know the story too well. An angel announced to a young virgin that she would give birth even though she had never been intimate with a man. She accepted the assignment and praised God for choosing her. She and her fiancé travelled far to comply with the first census to be taken in their land and ended up in a very poor predicament: having doors shut in their faces with no room to accommodate her labor and delivery needs. Then, as a last resource, she lies in straw amongst animals in a stable and delivers her baby boy, the One sent by God to redeem humanity. His name: Jesus.

Fast forward, and here we are…. It’s Christmas. It is the birthday of our Savior. The question that I pose for all of us is this: Are we making room for the special birthday person?  Or are we, in our shopping mania and self-pleasing actions simply replicating the day when He was born, by closing the doors of our hearts with a “there is no room” message that keeps Him out of His very birthday celebration?

“Lord God, You do so much for us and we often do so little to deserve Your love. Please help us to proclaim the good news and to make room for the One who redeemed us!”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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