Advent Adventures: Jesus’ Birthday–Not Yours!

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We have confused the events.  Christmas is “about” Jesus!  It is a day set aside to celebrate His incarnation–His putting on human flesh for over thirty years in order to exalt His Father by saving His sheep.

Why do we think we need to lavish our children with gifts every December?

Wouldn’t it be a better idea to save that for their birthday?

That’s exactly what we plan to do this coming Saturday.  TJ will turn ten this weekend.  Rather than to choose a pile of gifts (which he could have done without guilt), TJ decided upon an experience we could all enjoy.  The kids are very excited to be able to go to an animal-themed restaurant for lunch and the amazing Gaylord Opryland Hotel for the afternoon.  The day will end at a hotel with an indoor pool!  It looks to be a great weekend as we celebrate our son.

We are all also eagerly anticipating our upcoming celebration of THE SON–Jesus Christ!

As the holiday season amps up, it is always helpful to remind ourselves of why the birth of Jesus Christ is worth our remembering.  What makes Him so worthy of our attention?  Seriously–why such the big fuss?

Simply put–Jesus is worthy of our worship because of who He is and because of what He has done, is doing, and will do!  As the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe (Col. 1:16,17), every blog in the world would prove to be insuffient space to proclaim the His excellencies (1 Pet. 1:9) or to record all of His specific works (Jn. 21:25)!

Although many try to compete, none compares to Jesus!

Unlike my own children, I knew very little about Jesus.  I vaguely remember hearing of a baby being born in a manger as we sang Christmas carols in our public school each December (such evil practices have since been abolished).  But this particular holiday took on genuine significance for me when the Holy Spirit introduced me to the Person-in-Question–Jesus!  My quest to get to know Him and know about Him began at Christmas in 1984.  That journey has not ceased.  Each and every year I grow in my appreciation of Him.  Each and every year I grow in my gratitude for all that He did for His Father’s glory and my temporal and eternal good.

We are going to enjoy our celebration of the birth of our son.  We are also going to enjoy our celebration of the birth of THE SON–JESUS CHRIST!

My final word of exhortation is aimed at parents and grandparents.  Don’t confuse the events.  Giving gifts at Christmas is fine.  Each of our children receives a gift from us.  We enjoy the festivities (we have two trees up and decorated).  We spend quality time together.  And we repeatedly remind ourselves of why Jesus came and of all the amazing events surrounding His incarnation.  Each year it is–for us–an Advent Adventure!  I hope the same is true for you.

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