Those of you who are parents know the joy of bringing home a little bundle from the hospital. Children should bring joy to their families. They are a little piece of you that will continue on after you are gone from this earth. While children are a tremendous responsibility, the bonds of family build quickly. We have a special love that is reserved only for those with such an intimate connection.
Although Jesus was born of Jewish parents in a Jewish town in a Jewish culture, He came for all people. Across the centuries, all who have received Him, regardless of their nationality or background, have become the children of God (John 1:12). This little bundle, born in a lowly stable in Bethlehem, brings joy to a much larger family than yours or mine. In fact, it connects your family and mine as we are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
Christmas is a season of great joy. Jesus, the great gift of God, is celebrated with songs, decorations and giving gifts each year. He is worthy of that celebration. He brings that much joy as He breathes new life into dead souls everywhere.
As you move through this Christmas season, I hope the great joy of Christ will be captured within your heart. For many, the holidays are a time of sadness as they long for more time with loved ones who have passed. But joy can be found in the Lord for any and all circumstances. Acceptance of God’s little bundle of joy reminds us that our loved ones are not gone forever and we can be reunited one day, in heaven. I hope the joy of the Lord will be your strength this Christmas!
Prayer: O God, I praise You that you have brought salvation to all who put their trust in You.