I am home today on Christmas Eve. We are doing all the last minute things that you do before Christmas Day. We are watching Santa’s progress on the NORAD Santa Tracker RADAR. My kids are on a high just waiting for the big day. The waiting is going to kill them, and drive their parents nuts! Actually, it is fun to sit back and watch them in their anticipation of the arrival of Christmas. It is like Christmas will never get here for them!
As I watch them, I cannot help but think about all the people involved in that first Christmas night. The nation of Israel, Joseph and Mary and all those expecting the arrival of a Messiah… the One who would come and save them. They did not know the weight of what would happen that night. They did not know what the birth of Jesus would be all about, and what it would set it motion. They could not comprehend that the birth of this child would be the catalyst that would allow mankind to come into a right relationship with the God of the Universe.
I hope that as we go about our fun the next couple of days that we do not forget that all this was because God wanted a relationship with us. He wanted to be a part of our lives. He wanted to be able to lead us to the life that He has planned, a plan that will allow us to live life to the full! God has always had a plan… and that plan includes us! It includes you living the life that God planned for you.
As we anticipate Christmas Day, let’s not forget that Jesus is not just the reason for the season… He is he reason for life! Let’s live that way!