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Happy Birthday Jesus! - December 23, 2016

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!”

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 ESV)

Have you ever woken up on Christmas morning and said “Happy Birthday Jesus”?  Do you find that a strange thing to do?  I must admit, I used to find that strange but now, I do it just as joyfully as I do to my daughter who recently celebrated her birthday.  

Won’t you give it a try this Christmas and get over the awkwardness?

We are about to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and it would be a fair assumption that we are the ones receiving most of the presents this weekend.  What is your present to Jesus? 

What do you think is on His Christmas list?

He gives us a hint; in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15, He tells us to go and tell the Good News to all nations.  Do you know how many nations there are?  A lot!  So we have a lot to do

Some Christians intentionally choose not to celebrate Christmas because of its commercialism, over-indulgence and belief of its pagan origins.  As you celebrate this Christmas, and reflect on the “reason for the season”, remember this: Jesus came to save mankind.  To put it bluntly, Jesus came to die. 

When the angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, he told him that Jesus was coming to save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:20-21) And we know that our salvation came from Jesus’ death.  His birth was step one in God’s plan for mankind’s redemption.  

I believe that it is great to celebrate and exalt Jesus every day and one way that we can keep Christ in Christmas is to remember that Christmas doesn’t make sense without Easter.  Easter is the “why” of Christmas; Jesus’ death is the reason for His birth.  

As we take advantage of the opportunity that the world gives us to focus attention on Jesus’ birth, let us, as Christians, truly celebrate Jesus this Christmas.  

Enjoy this rendition by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir -  Happy Birthday Jesus!

 

Yolande Knight – womensministry@arlingtonwoods.ca

 

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